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Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!!

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A day to salute our veterans

 

You always know when Veterans Day is. Veterans Day (unlike its close cousin in the holiday family, Memorial Day) is an easy holiday to remember. If you ever wonder, it’s ALWAYS celebrated on November 11 (whether or not November 11 falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or any other day that ends in “y” –  it’s always on the 11th of November).

Memorial Day, on the other hand, panders to those who pine for three-day weekends. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day are Federal holidays. And, both pay respect to those who served in the United States military, however, that’s where the similarities end.

Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service of this country. Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars, living, and those who have passed since serving.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, Veterans Day stems from World War I – which was known at the time as “The Great War.”  WWI officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In 1938, November 11 was made into a legal holiday known as Armistice Day — “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace” and to honor the veterans of WWI.

In 1954, after World War 2 and the Korean War, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans.” Veterans Day was born — “a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Now you know!

This November 11 (a Thursday, by the way) say a silent prayer when you wake for those who served this country in military service, and if you see one during the day offer them your gratitude and thanks.

 

 

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Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday!!

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Small Business Saturday!! There are a number of ways individuals can help their communities. They can volunteer their time for a community cause. When they walk down the sidewalk they can pick up a stray piece of trash and dispose of it away properly. You can deliver meals to the sickly and home-bound. However, there is something else you can do which you may not realize helps your community.

In a few words:

Shop Local! Shop Small!

While the nation was still coming out of a recession in 2010, the credit card company American Express created an American shopping holiday as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday — the Saturday following Thanksgiving — encourages people to shop at the local small businesses, versus shopping at the mega-big box stores or online.

How, you may ask, can shop at your local small business instead of going out of town or buying online help your community? Glad you asked.

First, a strong small business base is the anchor of any thriving community. In Michigan, small brick-and-mortar businesses pay higher tax rates for local schools. Local small business owners are also the people who support student fundraising, athletic and academic endeavors. They sponsor little league teams, buy ads in high school sporting programs and yearbooks. They donate time and money back to their communities to make their communities better places to live and do business.

Many times, these same small businesses are the places where young adults go to get their first jobs and to learn their work ethics.

The Facts

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) reports in 2020, there were approximately 122,000 retail establishments in the state. Michigan’s retail industry directly employed 758,000 workers. Those workers earned nearly $23 billion.

To help local small businesses, the MRA created a program similar to Small Business Saturday. Their program is called Buy Nearby and it’s always the first weekend in October. This year’s theme was Clicks to Bricks: Taking Stock in Retail’s Economic Impact in Michigan.

According to the MRA online buying in 2020 increased by nearly 3 percent. Because of this and the pandemic, direct retail employment decreased by 14 percent from 2017. Many local small businesses have closed their doors for good.

The MRA says, if Michiganians redirected 10 percent of their estimated $23.7 billion in out-of-state e-commerce to local small businesses, Michigan would gain $1.9 billion in increased economic activity.

Further, they estimate that a 10 percent change in shopping mentality would create 14,000 new jobs.

Supporting local small businesses has a snowball effect economically on a community. Consider this, aside from employing locals, sponsoring ball teams, and paying local school taxes, small businesses also hire cleaning companies, attorneys, accountants, security staff, and more. This allows these other small businesses to do the same thing.

This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 27, please consider shopping local that day and every day. Support the businesses that support your community and your kids.

 

 

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National Bologna Day

National Bologna Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Bologna Day!! October 24th. You either love it or hate it.

Its origin came from the city of Bologna, Italy. It’s also believed to have been introduced to America by the Germans.

Bologna as it is known in America, can be eaten as is or, fried. Throw it on some toasted bread with pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.  It can be served cold with cheese or chopped up and mixed with eggs, mayo, and veggies for a bologna salad.

The smell of fried bologna takes me back to my mom’s kitchen when she would make all my siblings and me a fried bologna sandwich for lunch.  Have a hot bologna sandwich today and reminisce about your childhood. Simple and delicious.

 

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Butter for frying

2 slices of toasted white bread

Mayonnaise (put plenty on each slice of toast)

5 slices of bologna (slice the middle of each bologna slice so it will not puff up.  Brown the bologna in a skillet)

1 Slice of cheese

Optional:  tomatoes, cooked egg, lettuce, onion, potato chips, or pickles

 

 

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National Dessert Day

National Dessert Day!!

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Yes, it’s National Dessert Day. Yummy…. My favorite day of the whole year.  On October 14th. Calories do not count!!  After a year like we have had you deserve a day without guilt, toss that salad and enjoy a dessert that you have been dreaming of eating all year long.  A hot chocolate lava cake with ice cream on the side.

The term “Dessert” originates from the French word desservir, which translates to the action “to clear the table”.  This is because dessert is served after a main meal’s dishes have been cleared. 

 

 Chocolate Lava Cake

Butter as needed

2 egg yolks

2 eggs

3 tablespoons white sugar

3 ½ ounces chopped dark chocolate

5 tablespoons butter

4 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

3 tablespoons flour

1 pinch salt

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

  1. Generously butter the inside of 4 (5-1/2 ounce) ramekins. Place them in a casserole dish.
  2. Whisk together egg yolks, eggs, and sugar in a bowl until light, foamy, and lemon-colored.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, 1 to 3 minutes.
  4. Stir melted chocolate mixture into egg and sugar mixture until combined.
  5. Sift cocoa powder into the mixture; stir to combine.
  6. Sift flour and salt into the mixture; stir to combine into a batter.
  7. Stir in vanilla extract into the batter
  8. Transfer batter to a resealable plastic bag. Snip one corner of the bag with scissors to create a tip.
  9. Divide batter evenly between the prepared ramekins, tap gently on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  10. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  12. Arrange the ramekins in a casserole dish. Pour enough hot tap water into the casserole dish to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  13. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes
  14. Loosen the edges from the ramekins with a knife. Invert each cake onto a plate and dust with powder sugar.
  15. Add a scoop of ice cream and enjoy
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We Are Cleaning For A Reason

We Are Cleaning For A Reason

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We are cleaning for a reason. It’s difficult keeping a home clean under any circumstances, but when cancer hits a household, the burden can be overwhelming. That’s when Cleaning For A Reason steps in, partnering with more than 1,200 maid services to provide free house cleaning for men, women, and children battling any type of cancer.  Our partnered cleaning companies volunteer their services and are not compensated in any way.

When matched with a cleaning company, a patient receives a total of two free house cleanings, that is one general cleaning a month for up to two months.

About Clarkston Cleaning Services

 

Clarkston Cleaning Services is a 20-year-old family-owned and operated cleaning company that has teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation.  The company is large enough to serve and small enough to care. Employees are the number one priority, which results in better quality and service for all of their clients. Clarkston Cleaning Services provides top to bottom cleaning every single time, with quality assurance checks performed by the Team Leader at each cleaning. All the employees are bonded and insured and arrive in uniform and a logoed company car.

Owner Dawn Raffler states, “I have watched very closely as our family members would lose their battles to cancer. When that happened, it became very personal for me. Supporting and honoring them goes well beyond wearing a colored ribbon on your lapel. A clean home is a necessity when undergoing treatments. It is my belief that cancer warriors should be fighting cancer and not cobwebs. We will focus on your home while you focus on your health.”

In partnership with Cleaning for a Reason, Clarkston Cleaning Services has agreed to help those battling cancer by cleaning at two homes per month for two consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service areas.  To date, Clarkston Cleaning has donated 190.50 hours of cleaning. The total value donated is $9,525.

About Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid those who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of families impacted by cancer, and since 2006, have donated more than $14.1 million in free services, helping more than 43,000 people with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 residential cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see cleaningforareason.org.

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

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Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just because it’s summer…  It’s back! We are looking at summertime like a long-lost friend! Seems like forever, doesn’t it? But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep up with regular chores. Some are made worse when it’s hot out! I know, I know… Here are some reasons why and what to do.

Warmth and Germs Love Each Other

Most people associate the warm months with vacations and beaches, patio dinners, and running through the sprinklers. In other words, being outdoors most of the time. But often, our “in”-doors get neglected regarding cleaning. Doors and windows are left open so there’s more air circulation and less-than-pleasant smells are not as noticeable.

Clothing, whether it’s work or play clothes, just the heat of this time of year makes us all sweat more. Do you know how your teenager’s room smells? Yeah, that. Except multiply that by all the family members. Try line drying the clothes for a few months. This will save money on your electricity bills and give your clothing a good dose of UV to kill the germs created by sweaty bodies.

Garbage, defined as: “wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household” is the wet/sticky/scraps that we throw in our waste cans. Let them sit for a hot day in a closed container and you might just be knocked back a couple of feet by the smell. Meat waste like trimmings and bones are particularly susceptible to spoilage. Food poisoning is more common in the summertime and is no fun. Make a habit of taking the garbage out daily or having a special bag for just food leftovers and get them out of the house.

Dirty Dishes have a habit of building up as people run in and out of the house for snacks and cold drinks. Even the small bits of food left can create foul odors quickly. Encourage the family to scrape dishes into the garbage and/or rinse them off. Run the disposer at least once a day and maybe throw in a lemon or orange peel to freshen it up. Once or twice a month (all year actually) add a cup of baking soda and vinegar to it and let it volcano up in your sink and entertain you for a few seconds. (Good chore for kids?) Wash it down 10 minutes later with some hot-hot tap water.

 Rain or Shine

 In and out, in and out. Kids, cats, and dogs can’t seem to make up their minds about where they want to be. While it’s best to leave shoes at the door, it’s not so easy to keep up with the traffic. Who knows what everyone has walked or run through especially if there are pets around…you get the drift. Buy a bunch of dollar store flip-flops in assorted sizes for indoor use by the most used door for ease of rule enforcement. This will help keep the worst of it at bay.

DIY season

And then there’s the home repairs and remodeling that are so common this time of year. It’s also a fairly universal habit to just “let things go” while the work is being done because why clean when it’s just going to get trashed again until it’s finished. That’s fair logic to a point, but if one area gets neglected then often the whole thing gets neglected. And if it’s a BIG project, like remodeling a bathroom, then things can get out of hand quickly.

Whether you are doing it yourself or have a contractor, make it a point to have things tidied up at the end of the workday. Sweep up sawdust and other potentially hazardous debris and get the power tools unplugged and put away.

Keeping the house ship-shape, even during the lazy hazy days of summer! Sometimes it’s just easier (and worth the $$ spent) to let us help you keep up indoors while you go enjoy the “out”-doors!

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

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Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

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Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup. Think about how you clean your house?  “Top” to bottom, right?  Let gravity help you!

  • Whether it’s you or you hire a local tree service, get some of those dead and broken branches trimmed off. No pruning!  Just the dead stuff. This could spare you some roof damage in the winter and early spring from heavy snow.
  • Be sure to save a few of the smaller twigs and branches for composting.  The strength of the branches can help aerate new compost piles.
  • While you’re up there….get those gutters hosed out too.

Rake, Rake, Rake…

We know…raking isn’t a fun thing to do, but it’s fun making big piles to jump in!  After you’ve done this, don’t throw them all out!  Unless you have a fair number of trees, let nature insulate and nourish your gardens, and here’s how:

  • Adding a thick layer around the base of rose bushes and other tender flowers will protect the root crowns from extreme temperatures and also give natural nutrients to the soil.
  • Mulching the flower and garden beds will help conserve moisture to save on winter watering.
  • If you have a lot of leaves, bag them up and get the kids to “smoosh” them.  This helps break the leaves down, save space and bags, and gets the kids outside for some fun!  Set aside a couple for replenishing mulch during the cold season.
  • Nobody can rake ALL of it up, but leaves are also good mulch for lawns…as long as it’s not covering the grass.  Once raking is done, mow the lawn on the “mulch” setting one last time to chop it up and get it down in between grass blades.

 Vegetable and Flower Gardens

When the last of the harvest has been taken in, it’s time to put the bed…to bed.  After the first hard frost, pull out any diseased plants and weeds and trash them.  Everything else can be tilled under to help provide nutrients and fertilize the earth.

  • If you have it now, add a nice layer of compost over the top.
  • Use the raked-up leaves to make a deep covering over the whole bed….like a foot deep.
  • Cover the leaf layer with old pallets, or chicken wire, or larger dead branches to keep the leaves and topsoil from blowing away in the winter winds.
  • This cover also insulates the earthworms and other beneficial insects so they can do their work.

 Clean Up with Compost!

Composting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to have gorgeous flowers and abundant fruit and vegetable harvests and should be part of everyone’s fall yard and garden clean up!  Safer than chemicals, building a compost pile is really easy!  Non-meat kitchen scraps, some dirt and dead leaves (which you now have an abundance of), and twigs are the ideal living space for a microbiome. Hint: earthworms L.O.V.E. coffee grounds!  Make sure you keep those (non-flavored varieties) in your pile as well.

Lastly, be sure to tidy up the yard.  Clear out corners and areas that could become a home for some unwanted critters.  Be careful restocking firewood as black widow spiders love these undisturbed areas.  Plant any bulbs at this time for a beautiful spring showing!  Gather up the tools and summer yard decorations and get them cleaned up and put away for the season.

While you’re in the yard be sure to call for a deep Fall cleaning so that everything is done inside and out and you’re ready for winter. Now that’s a job well done!

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical ways to prepare for college

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Practical ways to prepare for college. It’s a big world out there! We’re sure you have big dreams for your future and are ready to go get ‘em! Now that you’re leaving home, we have a few suggestions on practical ways to prepare for your freshman year of college!

Adulting is harder than it seems. A lot harder. As you learn to balance all the things in your life; work, fun, relationships, there will be falls and mistakes. Don’t take them personally and try to learn from them. You probably didn’t get the balance thing on a bike the first time, right? Neither will you as a grown-up. But you will.

Things to Keep in Mind

Preparation is never a waste of time and while you can’t possibly anticipate everything, talking with your parents or other trusted adults is a good start. Do you know someone already in college? Do you know someone who is at your college? Pick their brains on some of their experiences in their first year. Some questions to ask might be:

The “Not College” Stuff

Not only are you heading to school, but you are also leaving the comforts of home with your parents. You will be surprised at how much they do for you. Sometimes experience is the only way to learn. For example, there are reasons your mom hounded you about the dirty dishes or laundry in your room. Or that you have to buy things like toilet paper, ketchup, forks, knives, and spoons. Or that nobody will pile you out of bed for your classes anymore. Old habits die hard, and you’re bound to have to break more than one.

  • If you’re lucky enough to have your parents’ help, you’re very lucky. If not, and your financial skills are either lacking or non-existent, get busy with a course or two on budgeting and the reality of living in the world. Even if you have help, eventually you will need to be self-sustaining. You may need to get work and it’s important to know how much you need from that job to pay your way.
  • If you will be living in a dorm, you may have a food allowance that is included with your tuition. You may not. Either way, you gotta eat, right? Living on ramen and red licorice whips will get old, fast. A poor diet will drag down your ability to sleep, study, and pay attention in class. A balanced diet is not equal parts junk food and good food, just…FYI. Eat good foodgreens, grains, fruit.
  • Health. Of course, your overall health needs to be…overall. Often young people push past signals from their minds and bodies because of peer pressure and freshman college life is notorious for bullying and mob mentality. Your comfort zones will be challenged often. It’s ok to say “no”.

The college experience can be so exciting! You may change your mind on your major several times. You may decide to go in a completely different direction. Remember, nothing is set in stone. Allow yourself to make mistakes! You are learning not only about your career fields; you are learning to be an adult…it takes some time.

Practical ways to prepare for college

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Baby Safety Month

Baby Safety Month

Baby Safety Month

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Baby Safety Month is September. Tiny humans are so cute! Those toes, right? Did you know that September is dedicated to ‘baby safety? We didn’t either and when we ran across this little gem, we thought it would be a good thing to share!

Whether you have one baby or a few children, keeping the little ones protected is the number one goal. We found some interesting history that you may not know.

  • The baby gate was invented in 1906.
  • The first car seat appeared in 1962, but it wasn’t until 1985 that the US required children to be strapped into one for car travel. Incidentally, car seat belts were not made standard equipment until 1968 and didn’t become mandatory to use until 1986.
  • Former President Nixon signed into law the Toy Safety Act that gave the government the authority to test and ban children’s toys for hazards.

If you consider those dates, you might also figure out that your grandparents, or even your parents, were kids before some of these laws were on the books. We’ve learned a lot over the years and some of us “older” folks look back and wonder that we made it through unscathed! At your next family gathering, ask them about their adventures as children without is now considered normal safety measures! It could make for some good conversation.

Education

So, where does one go to learn the latest developments on child safety? Baby safety month was started by The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Use the “Parents” drop-down menu for a number of topics like baby monitors, best practices for disinfection (including Covid-19 protocols), and things to keep in mind when buying second-hand.

To stay on top of safety alerts, we like the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. As a government agency, they are tasked with monitoring all manner of consumer goods from elevators to cars to cookware. This is where recall information can be found. For child and baby products, look to this page.

Child safety doesn’t have to be dire and serious either. Reality Works is a great place to find a ton of links to other organizations to help keep your children healthy and happy. Kids are kids. They’re curious about everything and can get into stuff you had no idea about! Educate yourself and do the best you can.

 

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Fall Hikes with Your Family

Fall Hikes with Your Family

Fall Hikes with Your Family

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Fall Hikes with Your Family. Ah, September!  The softest of all months…not too hot and not too cold.  Life is (hopefully) back to a routine with kids in school, homework, and weekend activities.  Why not plan some fall hikes with your family?

Of course, Michigan has some of the most brilliant fall foliage in the country, but have you really gone out there to explore our beautiful state this time of year?  So, plan a weekend of fall hikes with your family with leaf-peeping and some bird watching? After spending the better part of the summer cooped up, it’s time to get some fresh air!  The hikes can be as educational as they are fun, and everyone can learn about the great state of Michigan.

 When is the Best Time?

The best time for full-color is from mid-September to the end of October, so if you miss a weekend because of weather or other obligations, no worries.  Going somewhere right in the middle of that time frame should be the most vibrant.

Need some ideas to choose from?  Michigan is such a diverse state that surely everyone in the family will be satisfied.  Apples and fishing and hikes, oh my!

For some family fun, how about something like a Scavenger Hunt? Or Bird Bingo? You have time to plan it.  For a scavenger hunt, try collecting leaves from native trees on your hike!  With the whole family involved, you’ll have a beautiful collection for crafting some fall-season home decorations.  You can learn about individual trees from Fit Turf so you can identify the leaves!  First one to collect a leaf from each tree wins a prize!

Your fall hike with your family wouldn’t be complete without the birdsong in the background!  Be sure to pack the binoculars and watch for these sweet creatures out on your hikes!  Make a Bird Bingo card and see how many you can find!

Where Should We Go?

Do you want to spend the weekend? Or do you want to go for day hikes with your family?  Near and far, opportunities abound to see the colors, from neighborhood walking paths to state parks.  If there is somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, maybe now would be a good time to go!  Winter will be here soon and there’s no time like the present, right?

Put together a fabulous picnic with foods your family loves and be sure to visit some roadside or Farmer’s Markets along the way to add to it.  Some fresh-pressed apple cider and local cheese would be a great way to expand your family’s food repertoire! Yum! Maybe you’ll find a new secret getaway or fishing spot. Make notes so you know where to go back to!

The silver lining that Covid has brought to us is the value of family and how precious and short our time is with them.  Now that things are resuming a more familiar pattern, make sure to include more quality family time. 

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National Sisters Day

National Sisters Day

National Sisters Day

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According to Time and Date dot com, August 1st is National Sisters Day this year. An unofficial holiday, it’s set for the first Sunday in August every year, so no paid day off or bank closures. Rats, right?

Whether amicable or contentious, it’s still a good day to remember the relationships we have with our female siblings. No sisters? No problem! Celebrate all the women and girls in your life who feel like a sister! Get with your besties, cousins, coworkers, and neighbors.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

So, how do we honor our sisters? There are obvious ways like going to lunch or coffee but how about taking a “left turn at Albuquerque”, as Bugs Bunny used to say. We found a few unique ideas you can do with your sis.

  • Genealogy Search. Have you ever wondered about the origins of your family? Especially if your “sister” is biologically from a different parent? Wouldn’t it be fun to compare notes? It doesn’t necessarily have to cost any money to start looking for your roots.
  • Dig Out the Pictures. Whether your photos are digital or paper, it can be fun to reminisce over things you did growing up together. Sort, laugh, make scrapbooks!
  • Revisit a Childhood Haunt. Where did you hang out as kids? Was there a particular playground or ice cream shop you loved as children? Walk the routes you took to school. Find the house your crush lived in. Are they still around?
  • Road Trip! Especially if you live far apart, go for a weekend or longer for a long dreamed about get-together!

Mending Fences

Some of the fiercest rivalries are between siblings. If it’s been a few days or many years, being the first to throw up the white flag can be scary. Many would contend that DNA does not a family make, but if you feel a niggling to reconnect, National Sisters Day could be a good segue. Ways to start could be:

  • Send a Card or Letter. Maybe you made some bad moves in the past and want to make things right. Or perhaps you want to open the door to them if the rift was theirs.
  • Enlist Another Family Member or Friend. Because we call them “family”, it usually means there are mutual relationships. Is there someone who could help “feel” them out before you make contact?
  • Make a Donation in Their Name. Sometimes they’re not ready, so you have to nudge them in other ways. Often the problem boiled down to broken trust. Try rebuilding without direct contact. Donate to their favorite charity. Make sure they get a notice that you made the gift for them.

Sisterhood can be glorious or complicated. Divine or divided. Let those sisters you love know you love them! Even if it means swallowing a little humble pie!

 

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Best Banana Split

Best Banana Split

banana Split Recipe

Best Banana Split

In 1904, the first banana split recipe was made in Latrobe, Pennsylvania by David Strickler, an apprentice pharmacist at a local drug store.  Here is his original recipe.

 

Super Easy To Make

1 Banana, peeled and split lengthwise

1 Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream

2 Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping

2 Tablespoons pineapple chunks or 1 tablespoon pineapple ice cream topping

2 Tablespoons whipped cream

1 Tablespoon chopped peanuts

1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup

2 Maraschino cherries with stems

Place peeled/split banana in a dessert dish, place scoops of ice cream between bananas.  Top with remaining ingredients. 

Banana, peeled and split lengthwise.  Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream.  Although, Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping. in conclusion, Tablespoons pineapple chunks or 1 tablespoon pineapple ice cream topping, 2 Tablespoons whipped cream. 1 chopped peanut or 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup 2 Maraschino cherries with stems. Place peeled/split banana in a dessert dish, place scoops of ice cream between bananas.  Top with remaining ingredients. Banana, peeled and split lengthwise, 1 Scoop each vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream, 2 Tablespoons sliced fresh strawberries, or 1 tablespoon strawberry ice cream topping. The Best Banana Split recipe

Pecan Pie Day August 20th

Pecan Pie Day August 20th

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Pecan Pie Day August 20th

Sugar pies were extremely popular in medieval Europe, and as Europeans started to immigrate to America, many sugar pie recipes were reimagined using local ingredients.  Pecan Pie is believed to be a variant of chess pie which also has a butter and sugar custard center.  While pecan pies were likely being eaten before the 1800s, the first official published recipe was in an issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine in 1886.

 

Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

“Filling only”

 

2 cups pecans

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup maple syrup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

 

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool completely.  Reserve 15 pecans, then roughly chop the rest of the pecans.

Bake the pie shell as directed (I use premade pie shell for a 9-inch pie)

While the crust is baking, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and, stirring constantly, continue to boil for 1 full minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in chopped pecans and vanilla.  Set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.  Whisk the eggs into the filling until smooth, then pour the filling into a warm crust.  Top with the reserved pecans.

Bake on the lower rack until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly loose in the center, 40 to 45 minutes.  (If the edges of the crust begin to get too dark, cover the edge loosely with foil).  Cool on a wire rack completely before serving.

 

 

 

 

Show them the love

Show them the love

Show them the love

Show Them the Love

The strains of the last year have us all walking around frazzled. Now it’s time for Valentine’s Day. Telling the people we love how we feel is sometimes lost in the shuffle of everyday life, let alone in times of stress and struggle. Instead, show them the love you know they deserve.

I do every day, I think?

Some folks can relax in the comfort of their relationships. A good thing, but reaffirming that comfort is better. Some of us are a little insecure and need to be assured that the world isn’t shaking things up. Especially in uncertain times.

So, don’t think, know that you have expressed your feelings and affection. We’re here to help you shake it up on your own. Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

What do they hear?

Do you actually know what proves your love…to them? Maybe you’re buying flowers or doing laundry, but what they want are hugs and kisses. A “well done!” is great but doing the dishes for them might be better.

A Southern Baptist pastor named Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book 19 years ago called, “The 5 Love Languages” and it was quite the sensation! On daytime TV talk shows and touted worldwide, he sold millions of copies. Aimed primarily at Christian couples, the book was designed to teach a person the language of their loved ones. For example, giving your teenager all the gadgets they want may not convey to them your affection like a long talk would. YOU know you love them, but do they?

Take the Quiz

People often don’t know what they want, really. They think they do, but occasionally we have to coax it out of them. But do we know the right questions to ask? Dr. Chapman figured that out as well. He devised some quizzes to help us get there. These simple inquiries help sort out these categories:

  • Receiving gifts From trinkets and baubles to expensive items, some folks just love
  • Quality Time Just being there, hanging out, talking…your time is important.
  • Words of Affirmation Atta boys and ‘good job!’ s can prove you’re paying attention.
  • Physical Touch A hug, handholding, a caress during a conversation…can mean everything.
  • Acts of Service A helping hand without being asked can imply volumes!

 Flowers and candy are great, but they can be expensive and quite boring. Learning and really knowing those you care about takes dedication and devotion. And love. Just remember that what you love may not be what they love.

Do you know what everyone loves? A clean house they didn’t have to clean! Let us help you love your people! (This one is easy…)

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Creative dates

Creative dates

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Creative Dates

It’s hard to believe that Covid has been around for only a year. So much has changed in the last 12 months, some of which is pretty normal now: masks, staying home more, and online…everything. Creative dates have been a bit of a challenge with minimal seating at our favorite eateries and theaters. So how do you romance your partner in the middle of a pandemic?

Blessing in Disguise

If there’s one thing this pandemic as shown us, it’s that ingenuity is the new normal. What an opportunity to switch things up! Especially now because maybe there’s been quite a bit of *togetherness* in recent months. It’s difficult to keep a good routine going when the rules are constantly shifting, so rather than resist…embrace the change!

Whether it’s been a few months or a lot of years, relationships ebb and flow anyway. Varying circumstances allows us to see where we might need to make some adjustments, but also where we can add some sparks. Remember the newness of when you first met your partner…close your eyes and recall the butterflies and zinger feelings of anticipation. Zero in on that first kiss…WOW!

Inspired Time

Restaurants and movies are so pre-covid. It’s time to liven things up and make some new memories! Here are some ideas we researched that might be the ticket!

  • Breakfast, not dinner may be just the change you need. At Valentine’s in particular, restaurants (even at a limited capacity and with outdoor seating) also have limited menu options because they plan to be busy. At breakfast, you’re both fresh, seating will be better (and possibly indoors), and you will have the rest of the day together <eyebrows flicking>.
  • Day Dates are a great way to reconnect! Maybe the kids are in school and you have the house/car to yourselves. #1 Rule…no “errands” or “grocery shopping” is allowed! Get take-out from a favorite place and go for a hike!
  • Rent a Luxury Car for the day. Drive around the area or explore another town nearby! Talk, pull over, and admire the scenery, be in the moment.
  • Home is Where the Heart is. Maybe some of these are out of your price range after last year’s economy roller-coaster. A creative date doesn’t have to be costly. Arrange for a sitter if you have kids, or maybe work out a trade with another couple with kids. Light candles and put on some music and just dance with each other.

Feeling Social?

Maybe you need to check in with friends and think a group activity would be a nice switch. Again innovation wins the day! Creative dates can include friends! Some interesting things we found to also help small businesses!

  • Online Cooking Classes! Many local restaurants have been dealt a near-deadly blow to their businesses by the pandemic. Chefs have started online cooking classes on some of their favorite menu items for you to make at home. In some cases, a kit is prepared for pickup (for a fee) then prepared in your home during a designated class time. A great way to connect with new friends meet local chefs, and maybe try a new place!
  • Virtual AirBnB® has cooking classes and more. Travel the world from your living room!
  • Zoom Newlywed Game could be full of laughs with your favorite friends!

Reconnecting with your partner is super important during these trying times. While routine can get us through the day, it can be a buzz-kill for relationships. We can help set the mood with a house cleaning appointment! Covid doesn’t have to compound anything more than it already has. Get your love on!

 

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Making the Goals Stick

Making the Goals Stick

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Make the Goals Stick

 

Here we are again, January of a new year. Fist bumps to everyone! It was a rough one last year, no doubt! Near the end did you start to think about any resolutions or goals for this year? Did you put on a couple of pounds or funds are a tad low? (Hint: we all had a few missteps!) Setting goals to improve is how we flourish…how we learn. We want to offer a few ways we’ve found to help make the goals stick.
Add, don’t subtract!
Much research has been done in this area and the overwhelming consensus is to add good habits instead of subtracting bad ones. There’s a psychological reason that just the thought of something being eliminated, no matter how bad it is for us, is still mentally counted as a “loss”. So, say you want to “lose” weight (the most common of resolutions), how do we approach it without thinking we will also lose some of the food we like to eat?
• Reframe it with better words. You’re not “losing weight”, you’re “getting” thinner/healthier/more fit.
• Add a goal date. By “X” date, I want to be a size ___.
• Add good and healthy food and that will edge out the not-so-healthy eating habits.
• Start small. Walk before you run. Run before you do a race. Doing too much too fast will secure failure.

Be S.M.A.R.T about the Goal

You may have heard this acronym before. It stands for:
S-Specific. “Losing weight” is too general. Pick a number, of course not too big.
M-Measurable. Using a scale or a tape measure to account for progress shows progress.
A-Achievable. Running a marathon in 6 months when climbing stairs right now winds you is not achievable. Shoot for a 5K, maybe, first.
R-Relevant. If you’re doing something because someone else is or wants you to and you’re like “meh”, you won’t be motivated. What do YOU want?
T-Timed. Set a specific date that you think you can do. Remember the “achievable” part here. Make the Goals Stick!!

Break It Down

There’s a saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”
Similarly, realizing any worthwhile goal will take time…baby steps. Well, how do you know what each bite will look like? Ah! That’s the right question!

Backward is the New Forwards!

Working backward is the way to finding the doable pieces and making the goals stick! It will also show you if your objective fits with the S.M.A.R.T method or if you are aiming for the stars when the moon will do.
• Pick your target date and start date
• Decide what you can do each day/week/month (reasonably) between now and then
• Divide your commitment into the total time between then and now
Clear as mud, huh? We’ll keep with the “losing weight” theme, but you can also apply this to saving money, reading books, fitness levels, and so forth. Say you want to lose 30 pounds by this time next year. It seems like a lot, but if you do some research (and maybe consult your doctor), you may find that it is totally doable.
Next, what can you commit to? A pound a week? What else do you need to do to get there? Dietary adjustments? Will you exercise? Outdoors/home/gym? What’s the time commitment on that?
Then…what’s your reward at the end? Make it BIG! What will make you work to get that prize? The caveat here is that it must be what YOU want. Not to prove yourself to another person. This is no Bueno. Make the Goals Stick!!

Ok, so now…

• Divide your goal into the number of weeks (we chose 1 year/52 weeks)
1 pound a week is…52 pounds! But that’s more than I want to lose!
See? Easily a bite-sized piece! You can adjust for a faster timeline and it would still be workable, or you can mosey your way to a thinner you in a year! But now you see that 30 pounds can be made very stress-free.
If you need some extra time carved out so you can make the goals stick, we’d like to help you! Wouldn’t have your house cleaned be THE BOMB? Check us out!

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Clean up your devices

Clean up your devices

Clean up your devices

Clean Up Your Devices

Your phone, tablet, laptop… is neglected. “WHAT?! “ you say. Arguably an additional appendage for many, with constant scrolling, texting, and picture taking. If we treated our homes like our devices, we’d be in big trouble. It’s time to clean up your devices.

What am I referring to? The clutter. Imagine all those texts as letters and photos as actual physical photographs. The junk email alone would bury us alive!

New Year, New…device?

One of the reasons that people buy new gadgets is that their “old” one is too slow or doesn’t perform as well anymore. Part of that could beeeee….that it’s clogged up. When was the last time you scrolled through your pictures? Do you look at some and think, “What is THAT?” and …keep going? Do you read an email, then go on to the next? How many apps have you installed since you bought the phone? Your phone or laptop could run like new again, not to mention saving you a large chunk of cash!

Like addressing a teenager’s room, it’s time to get busy with a periodic hosing out of your device(s).

Don’t Be Afraid

If you’ve ever done a “delete all” (or similar feature) on any part of your computer and afterward you realized that you really did…delete all of it, that sense of panic that erupts in your gut is no fun! In the early days of home computers, there were no fail-safes, and your data was doomed to the ethers for all eternity. Nowadays there are recovery methods that can undo the dumbest of keystrokes, thankfully. Just know that when the pop-up appears with “Are you sure?” it’s best to be…sure.

Keep the end result in mind…virtual elbow room in your gadget. Room for updates and new games/apps!

 Start Simple

It is generally agreed upon that the 3 largest hogs of space are photos, apps, and email. Start with the easiest part, your photos, and videos. These actually take up a HUGE amount of space on any device. Whether you have an android phone or an apple device, you can delete single or multiple photos at once. Try not to get caught up looking at your pictures, though. We’re cleaning, remember? And unless you save the ones you have left to another storage area (hard/thumb drive), they could be lost forever if something happens to the phone/device. Unlike the “old” days, there are no negatives to reprint the pictures.

Next move to your apps. There are lots of pre-installed apps that many of us never wanted in the first place, but a few may be “vital” to the basic operations.  Most will tell you so when you go to delete them, but the others are there in hopes that you will at least get curious and try them. Nyet. Just like the flyers that load up your mailbox (wasn’t there a “paperwork reduction act” a while back to reduce paper waste?), these also take up space on your electronics. We found this handy video for Apple® for visual learners (love the pause button!), and here’s a quick take for android users.

Get Organized

There are many people who really don’t use computers much anymore. If you are one of those who pretty much conduct all your business (personal and business) on your phone, it’s important to keep things cleaned up and orderly. Imagine living in one room and all your activities must be confined to that one room. It would need to be neat and tidy, right? Though they are small, they can do more than the first home computers put out only 30 years ago. My first PC had a 250MG hard drive. That’s about 10 jpg files now!

Here’s a good roundup of all the areas that you can do to clean up your device(s) including ways to keep it neat and clean.

Technology moves fast. Smartphones can last for years, saving us loads of cash! Just like anything we value, we need to look after them properly. So, clean up your devices.

 

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When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

When the Power Goes Out

In this time, almost everything we do requires an electrical connection whether it’s a phone, laptop, tablet, or television, it can be a challenge when the power goes out.  Most families can manage for a few hours, but what if…it’s a few DAYS?

Have a Plan

Despite being something you’re used to, it’s never a waste of time to prepare. During cold weather provisions should be made anyway, like:

  • Extra charged up batteries for phones/radios
  • Have a solar charger handy for phones
  • Sign up for emergency text alerts from your utility provider
  • Ways to stay warm
  • At-risk neighbors…plan to check on them.

Because so many things need power these days, and it’s certainly a relief when the power comes back on, that electrical return can surge and can blow out your devices.  Even if you have surge-protector strips, not everything gets plugged into them…like phones. When the power goes out be sure to get important electronics like TV’s and computers unplugged. 

But…I’m BORED!

If you already have your plan going and are settling in with stockpiles of snacks and all the important stuff is taken care of, then there’s the “keeping everyone occupied” part of the equation.  If your kids are used to their electronics for entertainment, this could be a trying time for them.  It’s a fantastic opportunity to make some memories! But different families like different things.

  • If you’re a ‘together’ family, board games like Monopoly® or Clue® are long enough to keep everyone happy, but not too long. There are dozens of lists of favorite games out there, including this family-friendly games list, but it depends on everyone’s interests (and age).
  • Instead of a board game, how about getting everyone moving with a game of hide-n-seek? If the house is dark, even better!
  • FORTS! SO much fun and you can call it ‘camping’ in your living room! If you have a wood-burning fireplace, you might even be able to make S’mores.  YUM!
  • If “togetherness” is a little too much for your clan, maybe everyone could get a little reading in.  Books and magazines can fill hours of blank time.
  • It’s a good time to start, continue, or finish some house projects like cleaning out closets or dressers, sorting clothing for charity, or rearranging the furniture.
  • How about an old-fashioned letter-writing or Christmas card campaign? With our mailboxes filled with junk mail, a real-live letter can really lift the mood of:
    • Distant family relatives or someone who may be isolated because of covid.
    • Soldiers abroad.
    • Senior citizens in nursing homes who have no family
  • If the weather is reasonable, you could build snowmen or shovel the sidewalks on your street.
  • Sledding, friendly snowball fights, or forts are also a great way to get some exercise as well
  • Not enough snow?  Maybe a quick yard cleanup party could do the trick!

None of these sound good?  Are you getting “looks” and rolled eyes?  Here are 50 more things to spur some ideas. Have a pow-wow and pick out a couple! 

Don’t forget, though, when the power goes out, cleaning can be tough without electricity to see what to clean or run the vacuum.  Give us a call if you need some help getting caught back up and treat your family to a “day off” of chores.

 

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Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

 

In this exceptional year of years, you may be wondering how in the world Christmas is going to pan out and if you have kids, doubly so.  May we suggest a different point of view…Christmas through the eyes of a child.

Tap the past…

Consider what you, as a kid, loved about the holidays.  What was your favorite year?  Did you get a gift that sent you over the moon with joy?  Was it a huge family gathering or just a few people? Did you love all the lights and music? If we remember why it felt special, then let the memories be a powerful reminder as well as help motivate us. Indeed, we feel all feel like we’re out of steam.

It’s important to realize that kids have had a rough year too with all the things that have changed.  Maybe they’re doing online classes and can’t see their friends or teachers from school. Everyday activities have been restricted or outright stopped. Draw from their bottomless enthusiasm for the season…what do they think would be a super cool Christmas through their eyes? Their answers may surprise you.

What is their favorite part of Christmas? Watching as gifts slowly gather under the tree? Is there a certain box they can’t wait to open? Do they like baking cookies and waiting for Santa?  Or is it just spending time with the family in their pajamas all day? Capitalize on their responses!

Fresh Ideas!

Perhaps they would like to do a themed tree. One that focuses on superheroes, or a particular color group, or maybe an old fashioned back-to-basics tree with homemade ornaments and stringed popcorn and cranberries. Doing holiday crafts adds a personal touch and engages creativity…and kids love crafts!

Does your family make contributions to local charities during the holidays? Or perhaps your children know of someone in their class whose family is really struggling because of the pandemic?  Would they like to help them instead? Maybe they want to bake cookies for the doctors and nurses at a local hospital. How about a leg up with some housecleaning? Always a welcome gift! This year the need is greater than usual, and of course, kids are natural ‘givers’, so maybe they have some ideas on what they would want to do to help someone in need. Making it extra special this year might be just the ticket to pop us all out of the dreariness.

Kids never fail to sustain their excitement for almost everything including Christmas through the eyes of your child. In view of a time when we, as adults, have taken a mental beating, let’s allow their enthusiasm and delight for the holidays to lift our spirits and remind us that all is well.

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Getting Ready For Guests

Getting Ready For Guests

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Getting Ready for Guests

 

 

Oh, the holidays are upon us! If you have family or friends (hopefully) coming to visit, it’s time to get ready for guests!  There’s food to plan and shop for, cleaning to be done, and decorations to hang.  Busy, busy, busy!

Out of Towners

How many are coming? Whether it’s family or friends, having a number is a good first step.  How long are they staying?  Are more people coming after them? Planning is key, so let’s get a checklist going:

  • What are the dates of their stay? Are they staying with your family or elsewhere?
    • Do you need an air mattress or extra sleeping space? You might need to do some rearranging.
    • Do you need to borrow blankets and pillows from a neighbor?
  • How many kids? And their ages?
    • Do you need games and toys that get them up and moving? Having them all crowded around the TV playing video games isn’t a good idea, though that’s probably what they will want to do.
    • Will the kids be bunking with your kids? You might need to do a good sorting to make room!
  • Grown-ups…do you have enough spare bedrooms for them? Are all the linens fresh? Are there any special needs you might need to plan on?

 

The holidays with family tend to be fairly laid back.  Fuss enough so you can relax with them and not worry about if the bathrooms are scrubbed, but not so much that you’re stressed out.  This year has been a doozy anyway! Now is probably a good time to hire help with the cleaning. (Call early to get your ideal spot!  We fill up quickly this time of year!)  While they clean you can get ready for your guests by:

  • Cleaning out and make room in the fridge.
  • Organizing the pantry and food cabinets
  • Make sure you have enough dishes, or paper plates, napkins, and utensils.
  • If your family drinks adult beverages, stock up now (prices are great around the holidays!) at your favorite neighborhood liquor store.

 

Food, Food, Food!

No DOUBT the food bill is going to be a whopper and eating out is probably not an option with the pandemic. Hopefully, the guests will pitch in, but still…you want everyone to have snacks and satisfying meals, as well.  Things to consider:

  • Is this a big party…or a week-long gathering of loved ones?
  • Does anyone have special dietary needs? Do you need to ask about specialty foodstuffs like vegan or vegetarian options, so they feel included?  These kinds of foods are pretty readily available now.  They will appreciate your attention.
  • On the other hand, there are food allergies that you might need to be aware of and avoid as well. Having an illness or medical emergency can ruin a good gathering.
  • Somewhere in the middle is food for a crowd. The people-pleasing fare that is easy for you in the kitchen but delights all who are there to enjoy.

Fill in with treats and snacks that will remind them why YOU are the best relative to visit during the holidays.  Relaaaaax and enjoy it!!

 

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Baking With The Kids

Baking With The Kids

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Baking with the Kids

 

 

November!  The official ping on the grown-up calendar that the holidays, baking with the kids, and all things ‘family’ has begun.

If you bake for gifts, you know how daunting this can be.  There are people you work with, maybe employees and their families, friends, out-of-state/area family…the list can be long! One thing is for sure: cookies and homemade goodies are always a favorite!

Since cranking out a lot of tasty treats takes a fair while, get the kids involved!  It’s a great opportunity to score some fun family time and also teach them a few skills like measuring, and mixing, frosting, and decorating.  Baking with the kids should take too much arm-twisting with all the sweetness and bowl-licking ahead!

 

Where to Begin?

First, gather the family around to make a list of everyone who will receive baked goods.  Are you mailing them?  Do you need gift bags or other kinds of packaging?  Do the kids have friends they want to include?  Their teachers? The neighbors?  Are you going to make special cookies for some people?  Here’s a checklist of to-do’s so all goes as smoothly (and as fun) as possible on baking day:

  • It’s probably a good idea to make some freezer space to store some ingredients and finished products until they’re ready to be given out.
  • Do you need to clean the oven? Do this before it gets too cold outside to open windows for this process.
  • Mark the calendar for the day(s) you plan to bake, so all hands are on deck!
  • Clear space in the kitchen for mixing and decorating stations, and for cookies to cool.
  • Have a set of bulk recipes that can be done fast and furious for those “surprise!” people or if you’re not into baking that much.
  • Check that you have the right equipment or that what you have is in good condition.
  • Take the kids shopping for the ingredients. They love picking out big bags of chocolate chips or sugar. It can be a learning opportunity to understand how much things are, what ingredients go into making cookies, and why this is a cost-efficient way to give at the holidays.

Baking with the Kids

On the appointed day double check to make sure everything is ready:

  • Is everyone rested up? This may sound odd, but things can devolve quickly if there has been some stress or illness. Is it a good day?  Or do we need to postpone?
  • Are bellies full of good food first? Everyone is less likely to nibble away at the sweetness or have “hangry” outbursts.
  • Put on your favorite music! Do you like holiday music?  Show tunes? Rock and roll?  Turn it up and create a fun atmosphere.
  • Decide which child is in charge of what portion of the project. Do you plan to rotate to keep it interesting…and maybe keep kids from arguing? Of course, keep things age-appropriate, but also a little challenging so learning can happen.
  • Assembly lines help to make sure all the steps are followed properly, and you get good results.

 

Plan for mishaps like burned fingers or cookies, forgotten ingredients, and spills. Snap a few pics for holiday card making! It might be a good idea to have some back up cleaning help for the next day, but make it fun no matter what and you will make precious memories.

 

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Cleaning 101 For Kids

Cleaning 101 For Kids

Cleaning 101 for kids

Cleaning 101 for Kids

Cleaning 101 for kids. Teaching children how to clean can definitely be a chore by itself, but we can all agree that they probably won’t volunteer to help out.  You can put together a Cleaning 101 for kids can make things easier if it’s fun and engaging!  We’ve put together some ideas here for you to help.

While it’s probably not a good idea to have your preschooler do the dishes…not if you want them clean! They can be taught to bring dirty dishes to the kitchen when they’re done.  Age-appropriate jobs help teach children to take responsibility for themselves and can help develop good habits that last a lifetime.

How and when to start?

Even small jobs can help busy parents!  And they can add precious minutes to a family fun time!  Basic tasks like picking up toys and gathering and sorting their own laundry are simple and don’t require long attention spans. Explain that what they do is important to the household to give them a sense of self-confidence and importance.

Set aside some time daily for everyone to pitch in. Put on some lively cheerful music…make it a family affair!  You can finish all at once rather than sporadically throughout the day and each person can appreciate the finished product. Making Chore Charts, including mom and dad, will avoid confusion. Then put them all in one place so everyone can see when the assignments are done.

So, who does what?

When planning your Cleaning 101 for kids, think of a child’s height and physical capabilities.  Little ones are already close to the ground and can look under the couch for toys (or lost items!) far easier than mom or dad. Have a place…a box, a corner, a room…for things and make sure everyone knows where they go.

Younger children can have their own kid-friendly cleaning kit with sponges or clean rags and some Dawn® dish soap and a spray bottle (kids love spray bottles) with water in it.  You can add a little soap or some essential oils if you like.  Have them “spray” the bathroom sink and wipe it clean.  The faucet doesn’t have to be super shiny but maybe the toothpaste drips need to be all cleaned off.  (Maybe take care of the toilet yourself 😉)

Older kids can handle more responsibility like taking out the trash, loading and starting the dishwasher, vacuuming a shared family space, and even some dusting.

Each child should be responsible for their own bedrooms.  Even young kids can be taught how to make their own bed, getting their trash to the kitchen (or garage), light and dark laundry piles, and putting their toys and belongings away, so that mom or dad can get a vacuum through there once in a while.  But while they learn how to clean, you may want an occasional boost from a cleaning service to stay caught up on the corners without having to be too picky with the kiddos.

Nobody likes to do the same thing over and over again, so mix it up with a job jar!  If you draw the same job you did last week, you get to pick again.  Each person will get experience doing all the chores in the house and nobody gets bored!

To Pay, or Not to Pay

There are definite sides to this debate. Mom and dad don’t get paid to do chores. Some believe that this helps give children an understanding of earning money. We suggest you keep a list of “extras” that are above and beyond the normal day-to-day requirements if someone wants to earn money.  Be sure to be clear on the parameters and how much will be paid and make a BIG DEAL when it gets done!

Clarkston Cleaning is Cleaning for a Reason

Clarkston Cleaning is Cleaning for a Reason

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Cleaning for a Reason

 

October already!? We’re pretty sure that we don’t have to remind anyone that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  But maybe you don’t know that Clarkston Cleaning is a Cleaning for a Reason company.

As we adjust to hybridized school schedules, changing weather, and wondering what the Holidays may look like this year, some things remain unchanged.  Cancer.  It’s still there.  Hopefully, you have not had to experience this awful disease but imagine this year, getting a new cancer diagnosis.

It’s a tailspin.  New patients must see doctors and have tests, process mind-boggling information, and make tough decisions. Not to mention how your family and work-life (even more!) will be turned upside down.  It’s no picnic.  Now, more than ever, we want you to know we are here to help!

Please! Don’t Be Embarrassed!

Usually one of the first things we toss aside is the housecleaning.  If you’re in and out of the house multiple times a week with doctor’s appointments, you just wave it off and say you’ll get to it.  But often, you don’t, so maybe some family or friends pitch in and do some dishes or a load of laundry.  For a while, that will do, but it still only gets partially done, and by the time you really notice it again, it’s a terrible mess…and it can feel embarrassing.  We understand it’s exhausting.  So, you sit down and cry because you want just ONE THING to be NORMAL!  We got you!

Any Cancer

Even though October is adorned with pink ribbons in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Cleaning for a Reason will help anyone.  All of the cleaning companies volunteer their time and resources, so you don’t pay anything. It is an honor to provide one less thing to worry about to those facing their cancer battles.

What is Cleaning for a Reason?

15 years ago, founder Debbie Sardone saw a need for folks going through months, sometimes years-long, cancer treatments and that it takes a toll on personal finances as well.  She saw an opportunity to help a community member and an idea was born.  Sign up through the Cleaning for a Reason web page and they will set you up with a local cleaning company to help you and your family get through this difficult time. That’s Why Clarkston Cleaning Is Cleaning For A Reason.

Doing Online School

Doing Online School

Doing Online School

Doing Online School

In the continuing twists and turns of this pandemic roller-coaster, many parents face the new problem of meeting their children’s ongoing educational needs.  Whether it’s because the schools are still closed or because there are other concerns, jumping into doing online school can be daunting.

How do we do this?  Are there special supplies or requirements?  How involved will parents have to be? 

Educate Yourself

Try to remember what it was like when you attended school as a child. In the first few days of school, you became acquainted with your new teachers…and rules.  You were introduced to the basic curriculum that would be covered for that term and given teasers about some of the really cool things to look forward to.  Because doing online school is different in almost every school district, be sure to sign up for any webinars or information seminars that may be offered. Forewarned is forearmed.  Knowing class schedules and what teachers are planning can help your family stay on track and not be sidelined by unexpected deadlines and requirements.  This will also help you to gather the necessary supplies to be ready for the first day of school!

Setting Up

Okay, now that you know “what”, now you have to set up “where”.  Are your children varying ages? Would they be in class, or at the same school together?  Most likely not.  If your high-schooler would be distracted by what their elementary-aged sibling has on their computer screen, then it’s probably best to situate them in separate rooms.  Work with each child to make a dedicated school/study area if at all possible. Things to consider for optimal learning:

  • Make the area as much “like” school as possible
  • Have a desk and a chair. They don’t have beds at school, so don’t allow them to use their beds during their school day.
  • Have a place for everything. Keeping things tidy, especially in tight areas, are better for mental focus.
  • A solid meal before classes start, just like a regular school day, will ensure they don’t have grumbling tummies. Stick to the “school” schedule. Kids aren’t allowed to go get a snack when they want one at school, so don’t let them root through the fridge at home until it’s snack or lunchtime.

Ready, Set, LEARN!

The kids will not be the only ones learning this year.  This will be a group effort from administrators all the way through the student body.  Kids of varying ages will, of course, have different class requirements. Here are some suggestions for doing online school for helping all of your children do the best they can. As always, when taking on something new, be sure to be patient:

  • With teachers and school personnel. This may be the first time they’ve had to undertake online learning and may have limited resources to do so.
  • Your child(ren) as much as you can. In some cases, this may be like moving to another country because things are so different. If they’re unhappy or not doing well, try to find out why.
  • Yourself! If you’re not, or never have been, a teacher then do the best you can. You’re learning too!

 

Just know that this will be stressful for a while…for all of you.  You got this!  Maybe consider hiring a cleaning service while you’re doing online school.  Taking on the duties of “teacher” on top of your other responsibilities will be challenging enough!  Delegate the cleaning to someone else and enjoy learning with your kids.

The New Normal of Working From Home

The New Normal of Working From Home

The New Normal of Working From Home

The New Normal of Working From Home

Adjusting to the new normal of working from home and “Pandemic Living” has been abrupt and fairly confusing.  Every day there seems to be new guidelines and requirements.  It’s fair to say that many thought that this would blow over in pretty short order, but now it’s clear that …probably not.

So, you’re working from home now. Time to get settled in for the long haul.  How do you make that work?  Space needs to be carved out for you to do your job effectively while not overtaking some area of the house that everyone uses and disrupting the flow of things there.  So let’s look at where to set up shop, even if it won’t be forever.

Important Considerations

If you normally go to an “office” and work at a desk, many employers have internal requirements that can reduce injury or strain caused by poor ergonomics resulting from inferior desks and chairs. It’s important to take this into consideration for your working from home set up as well.  Being uncomfortable at your home desk, however temporary, will eventually take a toll on the quality of your work, not to mention your body.  If you anticipate that this will be even a semi-permanent thing moving forward, perhaps your employer will purchase a new desk and chair for you, or maybe let you bring some of that equipment home for you to use. You’re never worse off for asking, right?

So that everyone has their space, you also need a dedicated space for your work.  Something that you don’t have to take down, say, for dinner every night and one where you can function reasonably without interruption.  Ideally, a room or space with a door so you can shut out the noise and also have a visual barrier to the rest of the household.  The area should be as uncluttered as possible so there is “room” to think and do your job.  Cramming a tiny desk into an overflowing walk-in closet will have you picking up your laptop and moving to the living room in no time.  Be thoughtful about where you are going to work.  It may take a little planning and rearranging, but it should be as close as possible to the work environment you have at the office.

Working from home with the kids!

Having kids at home is another substantial consideration.  They may be thrilled to have you at home, but children, especially younger ones, don’t understand the meaning of needing to earn a living…while they’re at home….during a pandemic.  Adjustments have to be made on all fronts.  Kids thrive with routine because it creates a sense of security, so create one and stick to it.  This will block out time for you to work disruption-free, and your kids will know when you are available and when you’re not.  Be clear about boundaries…like when the door to your work-space is closed, or how long they must wait to talk to you.  This can also help kids to be creative problem-solvers on their own, or to not expect instant responses when they want something.

Be sure that the schedule for everyone is doable in these strange times.  Trade with another trusted parent on child-care, so if you need an extended period of quiet for a big project, they can cover you…and vice versa!  Kids get a change of scenery and you get your stuff done.  BAM!

How others cope with remote working with kids can forge new relationships for you and your children.  Being gentle with yourself until a routine is established is going to be the best way to adapt.

But the housecleaning…!

This may be a good time to consider hiring some help.  The myth that successful people do it all is exactly that…a myth.  Their secret?  They delegate.  Even if you hire professionals to come in and hit the bathrooms, dusting, and floors, you will be miles ahead of your stress.  And that is good for the family during these stressful times.

Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean in the Time of COVID-19  Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

What we do (and don’t) know about how coronavirus spreads
Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

If your social distancing routine has involved copious amounts of takeout and a few Amazon deliveries to your doorstep, you may have at some point wondered — What if the delivery worker is sick? Or the person who cooked the food? Is my stuff contaminated?  Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the 2019 novel coronavirus is spread primarily when healthy people come in close personal contact with a person who has COVID-19 who is coughing or sneezing. (Hence, why social distancing is so important.)

But, they haven’t ruled out the possibility that someone could get the virus from touching something that’s been contaminated and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes. (Hence all the hand-washing advice).

So how cautious should you be? Family medicine physician Neha Vyas, MD, sheds some light on what we do and don’t know so far about how the 2019 novel coronavirus lives on surfaces, and what you can do to minimize your risk at home.

How long does the 2019 novel coronavirus live on surfaces?

A: A yet-to-be-published study conducted by scientists from the CDC, National Institutes of Health and other institutions suggests that the 2019 novel coronavirus can live for two to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces.  Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

With that in mind, it’s a good idea to keep your home clean during this time. And if someone in your household is sick, it’s especially important to disinfect high-touch surfaces in your household every day. This includes doorknobs, handles, tables, countertops, keyboards and light switches.

The CDC recommends these tips for disinfecting surfaces in your home:

  • If a surface is visibly dirty, clean it with soap and water first, then use a disinfectant.
  • Wear disposable gloves.
  • Make sure you have good ventilation in the area where you are cleaning.
  • Use a diluted household bleach solution, or an alcohol-based solution with at least 70% alcohol. The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of cleaning products that meet its criteria for use against the 2019 novel coronavirus.
  • Follow instructions on the cleaning product’s label, and check to make sure it isn’t expired.
  • Wash your hands when you’re done.

Is my food safe?  Keeping Your Home Clean-Covid 19

A: The 2019 novel coronavirus causes respiratory illness, not food borne illness — meaning it affects the lungs, not the digestive system. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there’s currently no reason to believe that the virus has been spread via food or food packaging.

But officials still urge everyone to follow basic food safety guidelines that call for washing your hands before eating or preparing food, using clean utensils, and properly preparing and storing food. Restaurants and delivery services should also be following safe food preparation and handling practices.

What about that package that just arrived on my doorstep? Is it safe?

A: While that previously mentioned, not-yet-published study found that the virus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard, the CDC asserts that chances are low that the virus spreads from packaging that’s shipped over a period of days at ambient temperatures.

Can the virus be spread through water?

A: There’s no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread through drinking water or use of pools or hot tubs, according to the CDC.

Can the virus live on my clothes?

A: Specific research hasn’t been done on how long this virus can survive on clothes, towels or other fabrics. But it’s still a good idea to change and wash your clothes regularly — especially if you’ve just come back home from the grocery store or are still reporting to work every day.

The CDC recommends using the warmest appropriate water setting for your clothes and drying them completely. (And save the shaking for when your laundry is clean, as it could potentially disperse germs from clothes when they’re dirty.)

If you’re caring for someone who’s sick, you can wash their clothes along with yours, but wear disposable gloves and wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you remove the gloves. And don’t forget to disinfect hampers and the knobs on your washer and dryer.

Is it on my skin?

A: Germs can live on different parts of your body, but the main concern here is your hands. Your hands are what’s most likely to come in contact with germy surfaces and then touch your face, which is a potential path of transmission for the virus. So, while no one is suggesting that anyone take a hiatus from showers, you don’t need to scrub down your whole body multiple times a day like you should your hands.

Source: Cleveland Clinic

The Benefits Of A Maid Service

The Benefits Of A Maid Service

The Benefits Of A Maid Service

The Benefits Of A Maid Service

A lot of people wonder if hiring a maid service is worth the money. There are a lot of benefits of not only having a clean home for your family but also with hiring a maid service company to do it for you. Below are some of the top benefits you will get from hiring a maid service.

 

 

A Very Clean Home  The Benefits Of Maid Services

Whether you want to admit it or not, keeping your house clean on top of work, family and pets can be hard and at some times overwhelming. Even if you don’t let it get completely out of control, it can be difficult to keep everything up. This is where maids can help!

No Supplies to Stock

Another great benefit of hiring a maid service is that you don’t have to keep cleaning supplies on hand anymore. Maids bring everything they need to clean your home from top to bottom. They even bring the cleaning equipment as well.

Experts Handling your Belongings

It may seem that anyone is capable of vacuuming or cleaning a bathroom, but if you want it done right you need to bring in the professionals. Maids are fully trained and are able to handle your toughest or more fragile cleaning jobs.

More Free Time  The Benefits Of Maid Services

For most people, the biggest benefit of hiring a maid service is having more time to spend with friends and family. When you hire a professional you will have more free time to spend with those you love and doing what you want.

source: wall2wallcleaningservices.com

Five Proven Health Benefits

Five Proven Health Benefits

Five Proven Health Benefits of Hiring a Professional House Cleaning Service

Tired of spending countless hours every week just trying to get your house clean while juggling between work, family, and social obligations. Then, hiring a professional cleaning service can surely add value to the overall health of the family.

Cleaning your house can quite literally become a chore. Coupled with today’s hectic lifestyle, people don’t have a lot of time to handle housecleaning duties. Now that you have finally chosen to hire a professional house cleaning service for your home. You can say goodbye to the thought of doing household chores. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming are a thing of the past.

You’ll not only receive excellent service that will ensure your home will be cleaned to your standards. But, by availing the help of a cleaning service from a reliable source, you will accomplish many things. One Being able to get rid of harmful bacteria, mold and other forms of allergens. Thus, protecting your family from a number of potential infections.

Help Keep Dust Allergies And Dust Mites Away Five Proven Health Benefits

Several studies and reports have revealed that dust is the common allergen. This allergen is behind incidences of cold and common flu every year. Furthermore, microscopic dust mites and its feces which are not visible to the naked eye are also behind several allergic reactions.

Professional cleaning services play a major role in keeping your beds, in particular, and your house in general, germ-free on a regular basis. Professional cleaning services also employ HEPA vacuum cleaners which assist in sucking up the maximum amount. These vacuums remove dust, dead skin and dirt from carpets. They are also able to clean hard-to-reach areas in your house. This goes a long way in ensuring that you and your family will breathe fresh air.

Moreover, you will be able to live in a hygienic and healthy environment as regular, professional cleaning prevents the formation of detrimental bacteria and microbes from growing and thriving. This also proves to be a major advantage for all those individuals suffering from chronic dust allergies.

Five Proven Health Benefits

Deeper And Far More Intense Clean Five Proven Health Benefits

Opting for a professional house cleaner will provide you with the best cleaning services possible. and as a result, your home will remain spotless than you can imagine. Professional cleaners make use of experienced cleaners who not only know how to clean efficiently but also employ the right techniques. They use a proven system, products, and methods to clean even the toughest dirt away.

Helps In Keeping Tough Mold Away While Maintaining Hygiene In Your Bathrooms

Employing a professional cleaner will ensure your bathroom remains shiny clean. While further ensuring that you need not worry about keeping cleaning supplies on hand.

Bathrooms tend to be a breeding ground for several types of pathogenic organisms like mold, fungi and bacteria. Also, e-Coli, salmonella & other gastrointestinal viruses as well.

Professional cleaners will ensure that your bathroom is hygienic and sparkling clean, week after week. Regardless of what’s going on in your life. House cleaners make use of the professional cleaning agents and techniques to achieve a maximized germ-free environment.

Protects Infants And Kids

Young kids tend to be susceptible to various types of infections and need to be protected at all times. Professional cleaners are aware of all the tips and tricks to ensure your home remains spotless and germ-free. This is especially important for houses where kids and infants are present and hygiene levels need to be maintained.

Helps Reduce Fatigue And Stress Five Proven Health Benefits

Professional house cleaning services can cover all of your cleaning needs, all of your needs will be taken care of, quickly and correctly. Keeping up with the rigorous demands of work and life can leave you drained and completely exhausted.

Employing the services of professional cleaners will enable you to get some well-deserved rest so that you can enjoy your time. now, you can spend more time with family and friends.  Best of all, you can do that, instead of expending your energy on doing housekeeping chores. Hiring a professional cleaning service thus helps reduces stress.   Obviuosly, this will also have an overall positive effect on your mental as well as physical well-being.

source: medium.com

Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

Top 8 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Cleaning Service

Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

Today, many Americans are busier today than ever before. We are stretched to the limit by work, school, parenting. Some, have elder care responsibilities. Cleaning services can help modern families.  Moreover. you will have more of life’s most valuable commodity, precious time.

Adults are working more hours and often continue to labor when they arrive home. Also, many in the “sandwich generation” attend school plays and chauffeur their children to soccer practice. Some, must also see to the needs of grandparents or parents. In addition, they are also taking them to doctor’s appointments, helping them with household tasks and shopping.  Clearly, finding a little downtime for themselves or time to spend on leisurely family activities can be nearly impossible.

One way working adults can claim back a little of their “me” time is by hiring a maid service. A house cleaning service will take care of their household cleaning needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals over the age of 15 spend on average about 21 hours per week on unpaid household labor. We are preparing meals, cleaning, maintenance, and repairs. Hiring a cleaning service can help men and women reclaim valuable time. Now, they can spend time on hobbies, with family and friends. Maybe, just resting and recharging.

When It’s Time to Hire a Cleaning Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

If you’re not sure whether hiring a cleaner is right for you and your family, consider these tips. Afterwards, you will know for sure when to put down the Swiffer and call in a professional:

• If you’re working long hours Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

Whether you’re a mechanic in an auto shop or a white collar office worker, long hours at work take a lot out of you physically and mentally. Having to come home to a mountain of laundry or a sink full of dishes isn’t going to help your stress or fatigue levels. Having a professional cleaner take care of the cleaning leaves you better able to focus on your work.

• If cleaning isn’t your thing  Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

We all have different talents and different weak spots. Some people just aren’t good at cleaning. Why end up spending hours doing a poor job on tasks other people can complete quickly and nearly effortlessly. If you’re spending hours on a no-win battle against dust and dirt calling in a maid service might be a good idea. Maids specialize in cleaning, it’s their job. Leaving cleaning in their hands ensures that the job gets done right.

• Special occasions

Some households don’t require a regular cleaning service. Many, just need help getting ready for special occasions like engagement parties, weddings, birthday parties, and other events. A cleaning service can help organize your home to prepare for special days in the life of your family. For once-in-a-lifetime events, you want your home to be in excellent condition. House cleaners make this much easier and are often more effective in deep cleaning than individuals. In summary, you will be busy with invitations, guest lists, catering, and other tasks. Let a Cleaning service help.

• Do the math

Calculate how much you get paid per hour at work and determine how many hours you spend per week on cleaning. Tasks like mopping, dusting and vacuuming. Then, consider how much a weekly or monthly cleaning service would cost. Chances are that hiring a cleaning service would be cheaper than the amount you would pay yourself for these tasks.

• Helping your parents

Many men and women today are taking care of their parents and grandparents as they get older. They find themselves helping them with various household tasks such as lawn care and cleaning. This detracts from the time that they can spend on their own homes or on leisure activities. Hiring a maid service can provide your parents or grandparents with help cleaning. This, will allow you with a little down time.

• Lack of leisure time

When’s the last time you had a drink with your co-workers? When did you last get to go on a vacation or just to a movie? If it’s been a while, you may want to consider cutting down on your home cleaning commitments. Obviously, this will help to free up time to do the things you love. A few hours saved each week can add up over the course of a year to quite a bit of free time.

• Getting ready to sell

If you’re preparing to sell your home, it pays to have it cleaned by professionals. Appearances are everything when it comes to selling real estate. A move in/move out deep cleaning by professional cleaning service can help get your home ready for prospective buyers. Professional cleaners have the tools and training to get your house back into mint condition. This, will allow you to negotiate higher sale prices from people interested in buying your home.

• Consider your health

Chemicals associated with cleaning, such as, sprays, bleach, or mopping solution can be harmful to your health. Especially with people with respiratory or other medical issues. If you feel ill after cleaning, or if the tasks involved exhaust you, hiring a cleaning service will help. Professional products will help ensure that your home stays clean and you stay healthy.

Downtime Essential for Health

Finding time for rest and leisure activities is important for physical and mental health. Experts suggest that adults get at least eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good physical and mental health. Studies also warn that adults who work more than 60 hours per week are at greater risk for heart attack.

source: 2localgals.com

5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service

5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire Professional Maids  Clarkston MI Maid Service

5 Reasons To Hire A Maid ServiceGetting maids to do your cleaning would make your life so much simpler. Have you been fighting this idea because it just sounds too extravagant? But is it really? Here are top 5 reasons that will put hiring a cleaning service into a different perspective.

Get it done  5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service

When you want to do your house cleaning yourself, not only do you have to find a slot in your schedule to squeeze it in, but you also have to do it, no matter how tired or preoccupied you are. If you are prone to procrastination, chances are cleaning will never make it past the crunch point. And if you do stick to your cleaning schedule, how much can you really clean when you don’t have the energy?

Focus on more important things 5 Reasons To Hire A Maid Service

Even if house cleaning is not your priority, you probably like having your home clean. Delegating the cleaning to professional maids means you can focus on the things that really matter to you. Unload some of your duties so that you can be more productive and present in the areas of life that need you 100% – be it your work, family or something else.

Have it all  5

The day is not long enough and the capacities of the human body are not large enough for you to do everything you want. You love cleaning, but you also love cooking, reading, having coffee with friends, playing with kids, jogging with your dog, watching TV – the list never ends. Until we can replicate ourselves to be in two places at the same time, give some serious thought to hiring maids to take over your house cleaning on a regular basis or just when you need recharging your super batteries.

Have it cleaned properly

Can you crack on dust, grime, stains and mess better than a professional? Professional cleaners have the know-how, equipment and experience that the majority of people don’t. But, ok, let’s say you’re among the few who can clean the house like a pro – do you have the time and energy to clean like a boss?

Enjoy Time with your kids

Parenting is in itself a full time job with no breaks or holidays. When you don’t have cleaning on your to-do list, you can give more of yourself to your kids. Do you want to help them with their school work? Do you want to take up a hobby with them or teach them some sport? Get a maid to take care of the mess in the home and you can be there for your children or just enjoy some laid back time with them.

Have pets and a clean home

Pets enrich our lives in so many ways. If only they could enrich our home with less fur covering the furniture and fewer hair puffs rolling around the corners.

source: maidthis.com

7 Toxic Cleaners To Avoid

7 Toxic Cleaners To Avoid

7 Toxic Household Cleaners to Avoid Cleaning in Independence Twp

7 Toxic Cleaners To AvoidChemicals lurking under your kitchen sink? Find out the 7 toxic household cleaners to avoid. Also, the problem with “natural” store-bought cleaners.

Are you cleaning with conventional, store-bought household cleaners? You may want to think twice about using them. Why? They are toxic household cleaners. Check out the labels. There are often warning signs of toxicity and instructions to call Poison Control if ingested or exposed to skin.

 

Types of Toxic Household Cleaners  House Cleaning in Independence Twp

Toxic chemicals in conventional household cleaners vary in their severity.  Most importantly, acute hazards. Such as, skin or respiratory issues, chemical burns or watery eyes. Also, chronic (long term) hazards such as cancer. Also, fertility issues, ADHD, compromised immune system and more.

Without a doubt, most toxic chemicals found in household cleaners fall into these categories:

Carcinogens

Clearly, carcinogens cause or promote cancer.

Endocrine disruptors  7 Toxic Cleaners To Avoid

Without a doubt, endocrine disruptors mimic human hormones and cause false signals within the body. Certainly, this could lead to issues such as infertility, premature puberty, miscarriage, menstrual issues. As well as, ADHD and even cancer.

Neurotoxins  7 Toxic Cleaners To Avoid

Undoubtedly, neurotoxins affect brain activity and cause issues such as headaches and memory loss.

 

7 Household Chemicals to Avoid  7 Toxic Cleaners To Avoid

1. Air fresheners

Be aware,  fragrances (even those marked unscented) can trigger asthma and allergies. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reviewed 2,000 household cleaning products in 2012 and found that 53% of cleaning products contain ingredients harmful to the lungs AND 22% of cleaning products contain chemicals known to cause asthma in otherwise healthy people.

2. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets

In this case, the fragrances and other ingredients used to make them can cause asthma, allergies or lung irritation.

3. Cleaning products with artificial fragrances

In this case, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. Yet, because the formulas used for these fragrances are trade secrets companies aren’t required to disclose the ingredients used.

4. Antibacterial products

Similarly, the ingredients used to kill bacteria in these soaps can can encourage the development of drug-resistant super bugs.

5. Corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners

Most notable, are the most acutely dangerous cleaning products on the market. The ingredients in these cleaners can cause severe burns on the skin and eyes, or if ingested to the throat and esophagus.

6. Bleach and ammonia

Separately these cleaners produce fumes with high acute toxicity to eyes, nose, throat and lungs. These products should not be used by people with asthma or lung issues. Used together, these products produce a a toxic gas that can cause serious lung damage.

7. Products that create suds (shampoo, liquid soap, bubble bath, laundry detergent) 

Ingredients such as 1,4-dioxane, diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), sodium laureth sulfate, PEG compounds. These are known carcinogens linked to organ toxicity.

In addition, acute and long-term health issues, many of these chemicals pose health hazards to the environment too. When these cleaners are used in sinks, bathtubs or showers, they go down the drain. It is possible that they may threaten water quality or wildlife.

Sudsing agents in shampoos, liquid soaps and detergents and phosphates used to soften hard water in detergents pose a huge threat to our water supply.

source: dontmesswithmama.com

Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service

Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service

Reasons to Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

Reasons To Hire A Cleaning ServiceWhen it comes to maintaining order in your home at all times, it is often necessary to hire professional house cleaners. Especially if you have a busy schedule that prevents you from having the time to clean your home yourself. There are many benefits to hiring professional house cleaners. It can be helpful to know some of these when determining whether to hire professional house cleaners.

 

You Will Always Have A Clean Home

When you hire professional house cleaners to clean your home, you can be sure you always have a clean home. This makes things much easier on you since you do not need to deal with the hassle of cleaning your home yourself.

Gives you time for other things:

Hiring professional house cleaners gives you time to focus on other things in your busy schedule. Do something fun instead of worrying about cleaning your home all the time.

Perfect if you are unable to clean your home yourself:

Hiring professional house cleaners is a perfect solution for you if you are unable to clean your home yourself.  There are many reasons to maintain a clean home. Regardless of whether or not you work long hours that prevent you from being home to clean your house.  Maybe, you simply want the convenience of leaving house cleaning to a professional. That way there is no worrying about keeping a clean home.

Signing a contract ensures regular visits: 

Many professional house cleaners offer you the option of signing a contract to ensure regular visits to your home. This allows you the piece of mind knowing you will have a clean home at all times.

Professional house cleaners provide experience:

 Professional house cleaners generally have years of experience in the cleaning field. This can provide you with the best cleaning services possible as a result.

Professional house cleaners provide expertise: 

In addition to experience, house cleaners also have expertise and can provide you with an extremely high level of cleaning standards.

Professional grade equipment: 

Professionals use professional grade equipment that cleans your home thoroughly to ensure you are completely satisfied with the results.

Customized cleaning plan for you: 

A professional cleaning company can develop a customized cleaning plan to meet your specific needs and preferences. This often involves coming to your home before cleaning it to determine exactly what you expect from the cleaning job.

Professionalism: 

Professional house cleaners offer a certain degree of professionalism. This enables them to offer you the best services and equipment the cleaning industry has to offer.

Extensive training: 

Most house cleaning professionals undergo extensive training. This is to make sure that they can use cleaning equipment and chemicals properly. They will know which surfaces to use certain chemicals on.

Hiring professional house cleaners is an ideal solution for keeping your home clean at all times. Doing so, eliminates the hassle of cleaning it yourself. There are many benefits to hiring professional house cleaners. Now, the best thing to do is contact a professional cleaning service for more information about hiring one.

source: nationaldusters.com

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Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services

Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services

THE TOP FIVE BENEFITS OF HIRING HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES

Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services, Clarkston Cleaning Services, residential house cleaning/ maid serviceDo you still find your place not quite that clean despite having a weekly routine for your house cleaning?

Then maybe it’s time that you seek help from a professional and use housekeeping services.

Sometimes, despite our good intentions of maintaining the cleanliness our homes, compromises have to be made. This is especially prevalent when we have to attend to our others tasks and errands. Even if we try to keep our house organized and dirt-free, we still cannot be free from dirt.

In areas which can be hard to reach, it is even more difficult to keep them clean. Bacteria and other organisms can build up in those areas and may combine with the air pollutants. This causes us and the members of our household to get infections or illnesses.

WHY SHOULD YOU GET RESIDENTIAL CLEANING SERVICES?

There are a lot of benefits of hiring a professional house cleaning service. Below are the top five reasons why you should consider hiring residential housekeeping services:

1. PROFESSIONAL HOUSEKEEPING SERVICES  Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services

The housekeepers of maid services are trained to provide their customers quality professional cleaning results. When done properly, can be followed by the homeowners to start maintaining their house’s newly clean state. They are well-trained on meeting home cleaning standards, and they work fast and efficient. So you are sure to get quality cleaning for your house.

2. NO NEED TO BUY CLEANING SUPPLIES  Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services

Have you tried planning to scrub your toilet but you ran out of toilet cleaner? When you hire housekeeping services, they’ll be the ones to provide all the materials needed. This includes cleaners and disinfectants, and other cleaning supplies to have your house fully cleaned and disinfected. You’ll have a dirt-free house without having to provide your own cleaning materials.

3. CLEAN AIR AND GERM-FREE ENVIRONMENT  Top 5 Benefits-Housekeeping Services

Maid service employees who are assigned in your place don’t just arrange and tidy up everything to make your home look clean. They actually make it clean by removing all the dust and dirt and disinfecting your home, especially in the kitchen and toilet areas. You will have a place that is free from disease-causing germs.

4. CUSTOM CLEANING

Another benefit of maid cleaning and housekeeping services is that they provide you with custom cleaning. Aside from the packages, they offer they also provide you with proper cleaning that is needed exactly for your household. If there are areas in your house that need deeper cleaning attention, you can request that from your house cleaning service provider.

5. A CLEAN AND ORGANIZED HOME

After hiring professional housekeeping services, you will then have a dirt-free, pristine environment. This is not just pleasing to the eyes but more importantly, safer for you.

source: maidcomplete.com

House Cleaning Services Cost

House Cleaning Services Cost

Learn About – House Cleaning Services Cost And Why

House Cleaning Services Cost

House cleaning services cost. Well, Everyone wants a clean house to come home to at the end of a long day. However, cleaning your home is one of the last things you want to do after a busy day. For many people, this is quite a conundrum. However, the solution is simple. Hire a house cleaning service. For the right price, you can pay someone else to clean your Michigan home. Now, you so you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, clean home without stressing yourself out.

Not all cleaning services are equal. What you really want is a service that fits both your needs and budget without cutting corners or overcharging for services rendered. Here we break down everything you need to know about house cleaning prices so you are better prepared to compare and pick from the house cleaning companies in your area.

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How Rates Are Determined House Cleaning Services Cost

Some house cleaners might advertise their general rates online, but most require that you request a quote. That’s because they want to know everything about your house and the cleaning it requires so they can calculate an appropriate rate based on the factors we mentioned above and others that they control.

For instance, a common factor that will affect the final rate you’re quoted is if a single person or a two-person team will be cleaning your house. If it’s a single person, such as an independent contractor, it will take them longer to do the job, but they will probably charge less because they are capable of less. A pair of cleaners, like what cleaning companies usually send, can do the job in less time, but may charge more because they will be more efficient.  

Residential cleaning rates are usually charged by the hour or by square foot. Usually, you will be charged hourly for quick jobs like a small home or area of a house. Larger areas and whole houses that take more time may get charged by the square foot. Keep this in mind when you compare local cleaning services to make sure you get a fair price.

For example, if your house sustains a lot of extra dirt, stains, pet hair or lots of knick-knacks, they might charge more. This is because they need additional time to dust and products required to clean up after your furry friends. The same goes for homes where the cleaning crew must bring extra supplies. Or, switch between products and equipment often to properly maintain multiple types of surface materials.

Some of these factors you can plan for when you request quotes for house cleaning prices. But, feel free to ask for a break down of those costs if you feel a quote is unusually high for your house. There may be a factor you haven’t thought of yet, or that cleaner just may not be a good fit for you. It doesn’t hurt to negotiate a little though if you really like what a service is offering otherwise.

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You Get What You Pay For

Everyone wants a good deal. But, don’t sell yourself short by going with a service just because they have the lowest house cleaning costs. If they skimp on the price, they might also skimp on your service. You may not get the quality cleaning you’re looking for. That’s why it’s important to look at what you’re actually getting for your money.

You need to determine the real value of any house cleaning service. Look at everything offered in the cleaning package and the business as a whole. That includes what kind of services they offer and the extent of their customer service. Everything from how they interact with clients to any perks they offer.

Many professional cleaning services are upfront about what tasks are included in their cleaning plans. Therefor,  you can pick one that includes chores you want done. You can also pick a service that offers any add-on jobs that you are interested in. Now,  you get the kind of cleaning you need instead of going with a cheaper service that is limited in their offerings.

It’s the little things like these that can set the great cleaners apart from the mediocre. Sure, the better ones might charge more, but you’re more likely to get what you want from the experience if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

Actual House Cleaning Costs

Of course, this differs from state to state, but on average you’re looking at anywhere from $25-$50 per cleaning person per man-hour. Where typical house cleaning prices fall in that range in your community will depend on general living costs compared to national averages.

Don’t Shortchange Yourself

It’s tempting to go with the cleaning service that offers the lowest rate. But, do you and your home deserve second-rate service? That’s the risk you run when you go with the cheapest offer. When you invite a cleaning crew into your home, you need to know that you can trust them to do the very best job possible and make what you pay them worth it.

Don’t keep struggling to find professional house cleaning service. Look no further than Clarkston Cleaning Services. Our team provides a variety of house cleaning packages to fit every family’s cleaning needs so you spend more time playing and less time stressing! Request a quote today and discover why it’s worth investing in the best house cleaning services around!

House Cleaning Services Cost

House Cleaning Services Cost

Hiring A House Cleaning Service

Hiring A House Cleaning Service

Hiring A Cleaning Service

Hiring a house cleaning service to come in and clean your home can be stressful. After all, you are opening up your home to people you don’t know. You are trusting them to care for your home thoroughly, but efficiently.

Whether you‘re interested in a long-term contract or you want a one-time deep cleaning. Say, for the spring or after school starts, these concerns are valid. 

Today, we will offer you the tips you need to find the best cleaning service for your needs.

#1: Set Clear Expectations About Your Cleaning Needs And Wants BEFORE Looking for A Service

If you are looking for a one-time, deep cleaning when you are moving in or out of a house. Or, a once-a-month deep clean. Maybe, a Weekly or bi-monthly maintenance. Maybe, you have specific tasks you want the service to handle. Things like: cleaning interior windows, dusting hard to reach places, or scrubbing tubs and tile 

Some providers offer a set list of tasks they fulfill each time. Some change depending on your requests, and some charge additional fees for special services. Knowing exactly what cleaning tasks you are looking to have done and how often will help. There’s no sense in wasting your time on companies that may not even offer the services you need.

#2: Ask For Referrals, Check References, Read Reviews (But Be Wary)

In today’s “connected” world, it’s easier than ever to ask for referrals. It’s also easy to find online reviews. Ask around on neighborhood groups via Facebook or NextDoor. Valuable information can be found there for recommendations.  A lot goes into hiring a house cleaning service. Find one that suits your specific needs and services your area. 

Getting references and recommendations from people you know. Maybe, they have used a service and are happy with. Maybe, the quality and price they have experienced. These are all great ways to find a cleaning service you will want to look into further. 

Be wary when reading reviews and ratings. Online services like Yelp, Google Reviews, and Facebook Reviews. Online reviews can be very skewed, as some companies “pay” people for a 5-star, glowing review with discounts and free services. 

On the other hand, some people only seek out review sites when they have a “bone to pick.” Unhappy folks tend to turn into keyboard warriors with a mission to make sure everyone knows about their bad experiences. 

With this in mind, when looking at the reviews, remember that a few poor reviews are totally expected. Realize that a 100% perfect, 5-star, does-no-wrong reputation may be skewed.  Above all, take the time to really read the negatives. Are there so many that it sends up red flags? Or is it one or two that may have had a bad day. 

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#3: Find Out What Services Are Offered – Are There Premiums

Once you have chosen a few companies to contact, you’ll want to inquire about the level of detail they offer. Every company will have different policies on what is offered as a standard. They may charge additional fees to customize or add additional services. 

Some companies will have a specific checklist each time. They have no variance from one visit to the next. Others will have a rotational tasks that will be performed. Be sure you are aware of what services are offered and what extra fees you may be charged.  Ask what, if any, additional services they offer.

#4: Ask For Documentation

Let’s say, someone breaks something while cleaning your home Or, someone gets hurt. Or, someone takes something of value from your home. If the cleaning service you choose isn’t properly bonded and insured, you may be the one responsible. Some don’t cover breakage.

A reliable cleaning company will offer this information without question. They will provide policy information upon your request. Having the peace of mind is everything. Be sure that the company you have coming into your home will be able to take care of things if something were to happen. Meanwhile, this will be worth the potentially higher rates they may charge over a non-insured company or individual Cleaner.

#5: Ask About The Team Members – Training & Screening

When hiring a house cleaning service, you trusting these folks to come to your home and clean it thoroughly. You also want to be sure they are doing so in a way that is safe for your surfaces, for you, and for them. Ask the company about what sort of training their employees receive before they go out into the field. 

Also, you want a company that hires only honest, trustworthy employees, so it is a good idea to ask about their screening process for new hires. A quality cleaning company will have well-trained employees.

Our employees have passed background checks and screenings. 

With a trustworthy company that hires reliable employees, you should be able to give them access to your home when you are not there. You can have them clean and secure the home without worry. Certainly, no having to stick around waiting for them to arrive and clean. Also, you don’t have to stay cooped up in a one room while they clean the others.

 #6: Is Satisfaction Guaranteed?

When hiring a house cleaning service. A quality company will stand behind the work performed. They will make things right within a reasonable span of time. If you are unhappy with the cleaning performed and voice your concern, the company should send someone to touch-up clean or offer some sort of compensation ASAP. 

Ask about how things are handled if something gets damaged or broken. Accidents happen, and even the most careful of cleaners may break or damage something while they work. Ask beforehand how the company handles these types of situations so there are no surprises if this situation does arise. 

Look No Further than Clarkston Cleaning Services

Hiring A Cleaning Service

Welcome-Clarkston Cleaning Services

Welcome-Clarkston Cleaning Services

Welcome

As Residential house cleaning service, we truly believe that, “A happy wife equals a happy life”. After all, a wife often puts forth a great deal of love and energy into her marriage, family, and home.  Consequently, supporting her can only lead to a happier life for all.

Meantime, It seems that everyone is short on time these days. As a result, we each have an opportunity to use our time well. Therefor, we can create a healthy and happy life. We encourage you to make more time for yourself, your family, and your friends. With that, you can pursue activities and experiences that bring a smile to your face.

So, rather than wasting precious time and energy cleaning your home, you can instead go and build a snowman with your children. Maybe, relax on the couch and finish that good book that you’ve been reading. Maybe, reconnect with friends at lunch. At Clarkston Cleaning Services, we enjoy removing from you the burden, physical strain, and time involved in cleaning your house, so that you can restore moments of peace to your life.

At Clarkston Cleaning Services and Maid Service We Will Provide The Following:

  • Clean only the rooms you want cleaned. In contrast, most other cleaning companies only clean all the rooms in your house. If you don’t actively use the second floor, we can clean the first floor weekly while attending to the second floor periodically. Also, some kids do not want people to touch “their stuff”. We can steer clear of their bedroom.
  • Give you a deep cleaning whenever you want it. Therefor, saving you from getting on your hands and knees and saving you money.
  • Envision a deep-cleaned spotless home. We average 3 to 6 hours per home.  Our professionally trained teams of 2 to 3 follow a proven system. Our clients appreciate starting with a fully-cleaned house that we maintain for them moving forward.
  • Present to you with a sparkling clean house.  When you walk through your professionally cleaned home expect to experience a peaceful feeling. Feel free to rate us, that helps us know that we are doing our job well.
  • Envision how you’ll feel returning to a clean and freshly-scented home each and every time we visit. Remember to live for your family, friends, and yourself… not for your house.

A residential house cleaning service is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.

We invite you to call Clarkston Cleaning Services!

Clarkston 248.620.9410
Rochester 248.726.7010
Waterford 248.742.1591

6 Home Cleaning Mistakes

6 Home Cleaning Mistakes

6 Home Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid

Cleaning is the key to keeping a tidy and healthy home. Cleaning the wrong way can lead to frustrations, wasted time, and even need for replacements. Though many people might take it lightly some home cleaning blunders can actually end up doing more damage that good. Knowing the mistakes to avoid can help you save time and money. Below are the common six home cleaning mistakes many people make while cleaning and how you can avoid them

1. Combining cleaners

Never mix your cleaners unless the manufacturer clearly indicates to do so. Some mixes can be very dangerous. For example when acids found in many bathroom products mix with bleach, chlorine gas is produced and this can turn fatal. This is not the time to test your mixology skills, leave that to the manufacturer.

2. Using the wrong tool for the job

The problem here is using a tool that is too abrasive for the job. Some tools can scratch your items leaving permanent damage. For example using a hard brush to scrub your carpet. Scrubbing untwists fiber carpet leaving a distorted pile and once the damage is done, there is no way you can reverse it. The best way to clean a carpet is vacuuming it first to remove dirt and debris, using a soft cloth to remove any stains and then using a soft brush and the right shampoo to remove residue dirt. Make sure to use the right tool and cleaner to avoid damaging your items. Generally, use soft materials on abrasive metals and glass, and hard brushes on wood, plastics etc. If you aren’t sure how to handle a cleaning tool or product use the internet or consult a professional.

3. Cleaning in the wrong order

Some people have no idea where to start cleaning. They don’t know whether to start with the windows or the floor, to dust or vacuum first etc. The best way to clean is to start from the top. Dust before you vacuum, you will have particles flying all over the place for you to clean again if you vacuum first before you dust. Also always start with the windows, walls before you finally clean the floor. Always remember to start from the top and work your way down

4. Using more product thinking more is better

It can be tempting to use more cleaning product to get faster and better results. Using more is just wasting the product leaving you a build up of the cleaning product to clean. In addition using more than necessary may be asking for trouble since the product may be too strong as to knock you out or cause problems for people with allergies or asthma in your home. Always use the recommended amount of the cleaning product to avoid problems and to avoid wasting time removing the residue on the sponge and the surface

5. Not following instructions on the package

There is a reason every product comes with instructions. If the product says spray and wait for twenty minutes do so. You will be creating more work for yourself if you get impatient or don’t follow instructions. In addition, you may not get best results from the product by not allowing it it time to take effect. Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to follow them to the latter

6. Using vinegar or lemon on everything because it’s organic and mild

It can be tempting to use lemon or vinegar on all surfaces especially with the emphasis to use organic products nowadays. Lemon and vinegar are acidic and can damage surfaces such as marble, onyx, limestone etc. They permanently dull the appearance of stone, which is quite costly to refinish. Vinegar and lemon are just fine on ceramic tiles and fiberglass. For natural stone, it’s important to stick to products designed specifically for them. If unsure always ask a professional on the best product to use on different surfaces

Using the wrong product to clean your home will not only lead to wasted time and frustrations but can lead to serious damage on your items. Always make sure to read instructions on cleaning products and to ask for help if need be. Avoiding the above-mentioned mistakes can help you save time and money.

source: ehomeservices.com.sg

Reduce Toxic Chemicals

Reduce Toxic Chemicals

What You Can Do: Steps to Reduce Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Davisburg MI House Cleaning1. Make your own non-toxic cleaning products.

For instance, simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and olive oil can be used in many different ways for effective cleaning.  Of course, you can add lavender or other essential oils to safely get the fresh smell you are looking for!   But never use a vinegar solution on a wood floor!

2. Use fewer toxic products.  Reduce Toxic Chemicals

*Avoid  products marked “Danger” & “Poison,” and reduce your use of products marked “Caution.”

*Reduce your use of products containing Volatile Organic Compounds, especially if you or someone in your home has asthma. Aerosol sprays, disinfectants, and air fresheners are likely to contain Volatile Organic Compounds .

*Avoid chemicals that are linked to reproductive harm. Products that contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. These include: all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, tub/tile cleaners and degreasers.

*Use fewer products. An all-purpose cleaner can handle a lot of cleaning jobs around the house. Therefor, It is not always necessary to have a different product for each room.

3. Buy products from manufacturers that disclose ingredients on the label.

If a product does not include ingredients on the label. Call the customer service number on the product and ask the company to disclose the ingredients.

4. Never mix products.
Chemicals in cleaning products can have dangerous reactions with one another. Above all, never mix bleach and ammonia. When they are combined, the mixture is deadly! On the other hand, it’s best not to mix bleach with anything!!

source: womensvoices.org

 

 

 

5 Ways To Improve Your Thinking

5 Ways To Improve Your Thinking

5 Ways To Improve Your Thinking

5 Ways A Clean House Improves Your Thinking  5 Ways To Improve Your Thinking

We all love to live in a clean house. Even you are not a cleaning fanatic, there is a peace and satisfaction that comes with being in a clean environment.

Researchers have found a connection between a clean house and our mental well-being. According to a November 2009 Study Bulletin on Personality and Social Psychology, women with high levels of the stress hormone cortisol confessed that their homes were disorderly.

Out of the interviewed, only those who felt their homes were well-organized were happier and at ease.

So, how can a clean home improve your clear thinking? Here are five different ways.

1. Benefits for your body and mind  5 Ways To Improve Your Thinking

This is according to the results of a study by the Physical Activity Department of Indiana University. The experiment involved comparing the physical activity of 998 persons of ages between 49 years and 65 with the level of cleanliness in their homes. Out of those observed, people with clean house seemed more active and healthy. It was established that their physical activity could only be related to the cleanliness in their homes.

Think about it; mopping the floor, arranging seats, dusting and cleaning dishes involves a lot of movement. We can actually burn a lot of calories during this exercise.

Besides, one can opt to be conscious of their position during the activity just like in a workout session. This means, moving in ways to stretch some specific parts of the body to achieve certain results after several weeks of systematic cleaning. This back and forth movements cause our bodies to release out excess energy, toxins and improve blood circulation. Besides losing some pounds, our minds will feel at ease at the end of the exercise.

2. Increases your chances of eating healthy

A research published in a journal of the Association for Psychological Science in 2013 showed that physical order, as represented by orderly environments, influences healthy choices. It is easier to spot an apple in an organized space than in a chaotic room.

Moreover, a recent study by researchers at Cornell University Food and Brand Lab found out that being in a messy environment is stressful. Snacks seem to be our go-to choices when we seek comfort for our already stressed out self.

Still on the 2016 research findings, Brian Wansink the director of the Food and Brand Lab explains that we are likely to overeat when depressed about the situation, which in turn affects our health. A poor eating habit will sooner or later catch up with our physical and mental health.

So, if you stress about not having a clean house (even if you don’t realize), it can affect your eating choices.

3. A clean house = better sleep

It is clear that a high level of untidiness in our homes causes stress and anxiety. This alone is enough to deprive us a good night’s sleep. Besides, there is a way the brain cannot be at peace when there is clutter around. This is because to the brain, clutter signifies incomplete work. We can hardly sleep better when our brain is not at ease.

According to a bedroom survey conducted by National Sleep Foundation in 2011, people with a habit of tidying their bed each morning have a 19% more chance of a better sleep. Seventy-five percent of the interviewees admitted that their sleep is even better when their bedding is clean and fresh. This is because one feels physically relaxed and comfortable in such a bed.

There is nothing better than a good night’s sleep after a busy day at work. One wakes up with a renewed mind, ready to conquer the new day’s challenge. Won’t we all want to give anything just to achieve this? A clutter-free home will do!

4. Fight off infections and illness

Do we even stop to think that indoor air can be more contaminated than outdoors? We are always mindful of the possible pollution in the outside environment and public places. We forget that our number one threat could be right within our homes.

Actually, the US Environmental Protection Agency gives more insight to the idea of indoors being more polluted than outdoors in their official website. According to their background on indoor air quality, the air within many American homes is possibly between two to five times, even sometimes above 100 times more contaminated than outside.

Think of the amount of pet dander, fluffs, mold, bug skeletons and dust mites that may accumulate in a home that is not regularly cleaned. A person who spends most of their time in the house will be inhaling all of these.

It is no surprise one would be complaining of presupposed allergic reactions such as wheezing, running nose, itchy eyes and other problems. Many of these can be prevented by keeping a clean house.

5. Boost productivity

A productive person is a happy person. Our minds work better when there is less clutter around. Going by the findings of a study by Princeton Neuroscience Institute on Interactions of top-down and bottom-up mechanisms in human visual cortex, a home in haphazard condition is a recipe for distraction.

Without clutter in an environment, the mind is more focused and can analyze information quickly. This results in efficiency in any kind of work.

Conclusion

These benefits can trickle down to other aspects of the day. For instance, one will work faster, have time to rest and can actually afford the time to prepare a healthy meal. Such a person is also highly likely to retire to bed early, not to mention enjoy a comfortable sleep.

The lesson is, for a clear mind and healthier life, do what you can during the day to keep your home clean, neat and orderly. It will do your mind and body a world of good.

source: ageinplace.com

3 Reasons-Professional Maid Service

3 Reasons-Professional Maid Service

3 Reasons to Hire A Professional Maid Service

3 Reasons-Professional Maid Service

1. More Time to Focus on Other Things 

Could you imagine how much free time you’d have on your hands if you didn’t have to spend it cleaning the house? You can delegate this work and hire a professional cleaning service. Because of that, you’ll have much more time to focus on your family, work, and hobbies or passions. 3 Reasons-Professional Maid Service

2. Less Stress About a Dirty Home  3 Reasons-Professional Maid Service

There’s nothing worse than leaving a long day at the office only to come home to a messy house that requires your attention. When you hire a maid service, you’ll be able to rest assured knowing the house will be clean when you walk through the front door.

3. Cut Back On Germs

Professional Maid cleaning services will do more than just organize your home. Bringing a maid service in for residential house cleaning can even help stop the spread of viruses and colds. Chances are these professionals will do a more thorough job at disinfecting surfaces and doorknobs than you’ll think to do yourself. Our disinfectant is professional strength and safe on natural stone. Whether it’s Marble, granite or travertine you can be assured it’s completely disinfected.source:

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Professional Maid cleaning services will do more than just organize your home. Bringing a maid service in for residential house cleaning can even help stop the spread of viruses and colds. Chances are these professionals will do a more thorough job at disinfecting surfaces and doorknobs than you’ll think to do yourself. Our disinfectant is professional strength and safe on natural stone. Whether it’s Marble, granite or travertine you can be assured it’s completely disinfected.source:Professional Maid cleaning services will do more than just organize your home. Bringing a maid service in for residential house cleaning can even help stop the spread of viruses and colds. Chances are these professionals will do a more thorough job at disinfecting surfaces and doorknobs than you’ll think to do yourself. Our disinfectant is professional strength and safe on natural stone. Whether it’s Marble, granite or travertine you can be assured it’s completely disinfected.source:

5 More Proven Benefits

5 More Proven Benefits

Here Are Five Proven Benefits of Hiring A Professional House Cleaning Service.

Help Keep Dust Allergies And Dust Mites Away  5 More Proven Benefits

5 More Proven BenefitsSeveral studies and reports have revealed that dust is the common allergen behind incidences of cold and common flu every year. Furthermore, microscopic dust mites and its feces which are not visible to the naked eye are also behind several allergic reactions.

Professional cleaning services play a major role in keeping your beds in particular and your house in general, germ-free on a regular basis. Professional cleaning services also employ HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filter) vacuum cleaners which assist in sucking up the maximum amount of dust, dead skin and dirt from carpets and all other hard-to-reach areas in your house. This goes a long way in ensuring that you and your family will breathe fresh air.

Moreover, you will be able to live in a hygienic and healthy environment as regular, professional cleaning prevents the formation of detrimental bacteria and microbes from growing and thriving. This also proves to be a major advantage for all those individuals suffering from chronic dust allergies.

Deeper And Far More Intense Clean

Opting for a professional house cleaner will provide you with the best cleaning services possible.  As a result, your home will remain spotless, more than you could imagine. Professional house cleaners make use of professionally trained teams. Because of this,  We know how to clean efficiently, but also employ the right techniques, products, and methods.  We can clean even the toughest dirt and stains away.

Helps In Keeping Tough Mold Away While Maintaining Hygiene In Your Bathrooms

Hiring a professional house cleaner will ensure many things. Your bathroom will remain shiny and clean. Because of this,  you need not worry about keeping cleaning supplies on hand.

Bathrooms tend to be a breeding ground for several types of pathogenic organisms like mold, fungi, bacteria like e-Coli and salmonella & other gastrointestinal viruses as well.

Professional House cleaner will ensure that your bathroom is hygienic and sparkling clean, week after week, regardless of what’s going on in your life.  We make use of the best professional cleaning agents and techniques to achieve a maximized germ-free environment.

Protects Infants And Kids

Young kids tend to be susceptible to various types of infections and need to be protected at all times. Professional house cleaners are aware of all the tips and tricks to ensure your home remains spotless and germ-free. This is especially important for houses where kids and infants are present and hygiene levels need to be maintained.

Helps Reduce Fatigue And Stress

Professional house cleaning services can cover all of your cleaning needs. All your needs will be taken care of quickly and correctly. Keeping up with the rigorous demands of work and life can leave you drained and completely exhausted.

Employing the services of professional cleaners will enable you to get some well-deserved rest so that you can enjoy your time off with family and friends. Let us do the work, instead of you expending your energy on doing housekeeping chores. Hiring a professional house cleaning service thus help reduces stress. You will also having an overall positive effect on your mental as well as physical well-being.

source: medium.com

5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

 

1. Myth: If One Product is Good, Two Must be Better.

Mixing cleaning products without at least a little basic chemistry knowledge can actually have deadly consequences. Here are a few major no-nos:

  • Vinegar and Bleach
  • Ammonia and Bleach
  • Detergents and Disinfectants that Contain Quaternary Ammonia

5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

In short, acidic products, like vinegar, should never be mixed with alkali products, like bleach. Even combining one brand of bleach with another can be dangerous. When it doubt, stick to one product.

2. MythDIY Cleaning Products are Always Better.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

Now, to be clear, we’re not knockin’ on nautral or DIY cleaning products. Nor are we throwing our support behind harsh, commercial cleaners. The problem, though, is that DIY cleaners can be ineffective at best, or toxic at worst. The big problem here is that many people automatically think DIY = safe, and store-bought = unsafe. As with most things, life just isn’t that simple. Do your research. Spot check with certain cleaners to see if they’re effective.

3. Myth: Bleach (or Vinegar, or Whatever Else) is the Only Product You Really Need.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

There are plenty of multi-purpose cleaners out there that will do just as well on your counters as they will on your floor. But that doesn’t mean that bleach, for instance, should be used to clean dirt — it doesn’t — or vinegar should be used on your hardwood floors — it’ll dull the finish. There is no single product out there that will work for all of your needs.

4. Myth: The More Product You Use, the Better.

More is not always better! More soap on your counters will just lead to buildup. Too much detergent use is one of the most common reasons dishwashers need to be repaired. Too much carpet cleaner will only make your carpet get dirtier faster. There are directions for a reason — follow them!

5. Myth: The Amount of Detergent You Use Doesn’t Really Matter.

Washing machines and laundry detergent have gotten much more efficient in the past few decades — so why are we using the same amount of soap? It might not seem like a big deal, but using the appropriate amount of  laundry detergent for your load will extend the life of your washer and your clothes.

source: care2.com

Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner

10 Reasons to Hire a Professional House Cleaner

10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner1. A Lot of Cleaners Bring Their Own Supplies  10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner

Cleaning the entire house requires so many different cleaners. You need one cleaner for the bathroom tile, one for the mirrors, another for the toilet, and one more for the grout… And that’s just for the bathroom. A lot of professional cleaners, however, bring their own supplies (including microfiber cloths, mops, and vacuum cleaners), which saves you money and the hassle of having to stock up and store cleaners.

Trying to go green? There are plenty of cleaners out there who can clean your house from top to bottom using chemical-free products.

2. All of the Dusting  10 Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service

Let’s review the things in your home that need to be dusted: The tops of tables, table legs, mirrors, art and picture frames, lamps, lampshades, hanging light fixtures, bookshelves, the books on those bookshelves, every single decorative item on every single table and shelf, window sills, the television, ceiling fans, blinds, the top of your refrigerator, underneath your refrigerator… basically every single thing in your home that has a surface. If you’re exhausted just reading that list, just think for a second about how exhausting it is to actually do all of that dusting…

3. The Dreaded Baseboards  10 Reasons To Hire A Cleaning Service
Cleaning the baseboards is one of those chores that feels optional. And it is. Until it isn’t. Because the baseboards are where pet hair and dust and scuff marks gather, which can make even the cleanest home seem dirty. The good news is once the baseboards are clean, your walls and floor will look cleaner as a result. The bad news is this isn’t just a dusting or quick vacuuming situation. To really get your baseboards clean, a wet cloth and cleaning solution are often required. Also: time. And being on your hands and knees. So yeah, you could do this yourself, but why when you can pay someone to do it for you?

4. Cleaning the Bathroom  10 Reasons To Hire A House Cleaner
Did you know you’re supposed to scrub your toilet once a week and your bath/shower every two weeks? Cleaning the bathroom also means wiping out sinks and faucets with cleaner, cleaning mirrors, scrubbing counters, sweeping/mopping the floor, and emptying the wastepaper basket. Even if you have a professional cleaner come in to help, you’ll need to do some of this in-between visits, but just think about how nice it would be not to have to scrub the shower walls ever again? (So nice.)

5. Knobs, Handles, and Switches
Guess what has more germs than almost any other part of your house? Yup, that’s right. It’s all of the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches. And yet, be honest: How often do you clean them with a disinfecting wipe? Probably not at least once a week which is how often you’re supposed to… Good thing a professional will make sure to do it for you.

6. Those Filthy Floors
Vacuuming, sweeping, mopping… It probably seems like no matter how often you do it, it’s not enough. And like it’s a fairly thankless job. Still, whether you have carpet, hardwood, tile, or linoleum, thorough cleaning your floors needs to happen at least once every one to two weeks in order in order to remove the everyday accumulation of dirt and keep it from building up. Again, of course, this is something you could do yourself—that’s not the point. The point is: Do you really want to?

7. A Professional Will Do a Better Job Than You
Too harsh? Sorry, but still… it’s probably true. Because while you might be an expert with the mop or a dusting ninja, the truth is, there are probably things you either don’t enjoy cleaning (so you put it off) or just aren’t as good at (like dusting ceiling fans or vacuuming under the bed). But just like how you do the very best at your job, that’s what a professional will do when he or she comes to clean your home. Sounds kinda nice, right?

8. You’ll Appreciate Your Home in a New Way
Much like how a sandwich tastes ten times better when someone else makes it, a spotless home feels ten times better when someone else cleans it. There’s really just no better feeling than walking into an immaculate space and knowing that instead of starting in on the never-ending list of chores, you can kick your feet up and just enjoy your sanctuary.

9. You’re Busy
There are a million reasons your schedule is probably jam-packed. You work long hours, you’re taking care of you’re family, there’s a passion project you really want to achieve this year… Whatever the reason, hiring a professional to help you clean means cutting yourself some slack and giving yourself a break. Which will automatically alleviate some stress. Less stress and a toilet so clean you’ll let the dog drink out of it? Yes, please.

10. Time is Money
Yes, you can clean your home yourself and you may even have the time to do so, but a lot of professional services will do it for you at an affordable rate. This means instead of cleaning, you can be hanging out with friends and family, reading a book, going on a bike ride, or whatever it is you’d rather be doing than spending your entire day mop and vacuum in hand.

source: thumbtack.com

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